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Memorial for a scholarly cat – September 2019

I recently made a memorial for Caistor Grammar School, Lincolnshire as a gift to remember their much loved school cat, Godfrey. Carved from Welsh slate and painted cream, the piece owes much to one I saw and admired it years ago by Cambridge carver Eric Marland, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to adapt and create something similar. Measuring 13″ x 14″, the stone will simply lay in the earth at one of Godrey’s favourite sunning spots, in the central school flower bed. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to show young people that craft skills are alive and well and a viable option for those good with their hands. I would highly recommend anyone interested to look for further details at the Heritage Crafts Association www.heritagecrafts.org.uk.

It’s been a busy month. In June, Lincoln Cathedral hosted an extraordinary ‘Heritage Skills Festival’, which included for the first time ever City of London Livery Companies leaving London and coming together with Lincoln to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral. There was everything from stonemasons, embroiderers, plumbers, tilers, turners, scribes, illuminators, glaziers, plaisterers, goldsmiths, horologists, glovemakers and carriagemakers, and more. The ¬†Cathedral nave, chapter house,¬†cloisters and east green had the feel of a medieval marker, which was extraordinary. A huge well done to all those involved.

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