Autumn colours, Mexico style

Lovely commission recently, from talented painter and illustrator Corinna Sargood, to carve a frame that she would then paint featuring many of the glorious plants and animals of Mexico that she knows well. Here's how it looked in my workshop and, later, in full colour:


Rustic house sign

Enjoyed carving this house sign and pleased to say the owner is happy with the end result. She emailed me to say:
"Just to say received my house sign and it is absolutely lovely - thanks so much i love it. It is going to be hung between 2 trees and will look fantastic."
This lettering type is called Strayhorn and is named after a jazz pianist.


As You Like It

Here's some lovely oak capitals that I worked on with Laurence Beckford that are destined for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Some more work yet to do on this project and I noticed on their website that they are already taking bookings for shows in the new indoor playhouse there so, as Macbeth may say : "Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day"


Genius at work

Charlie is caught carving an appropriate bit of lettering. It's part of an Alexander Pope quote that Charlie carved onto a set of gorgeous new benches for the National Trust's Prior Park. Credit for making the benches themselves goes to David Oldfield the cabinet maker.


Acceptance to the Society of Heraldic Artists

Charlie's work on the Oldham Borough Coats of Arms, and all its districts, has recently helped to gain him acceptance into the prestigious Society of Heraldic Artists. So he can now officially write SHA after his name. No suggestions for alternative expansions of this acronym please....

Photo shows Charlie standing proudly on the staircase of the Oldham Civic Centre having just fixed them all in place.

"Oldham hands carved Oldham Arms" as the painter, Sarah Godsill, memorably put it!