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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.

September 2018

I photographed this on an early morning when the early autumn light was shining through on of the stained glass windows a couple of weeks ago.

I completed this stone earlier in the year and it was fixed into the floor of Lincoln Cathedral’s south west transept. It’s a large piece (850mm x 750mm ) with an in-laid copper cross (dating from WW2) and inlaid lettering which proved very problematic during cutting due to the soft nature of the Lincoln Redbed which was used. The resin in-fill also caused some staining issues due to the very cold weather experienced in late winter 2018 resulting in the resin taking a long time to set. At the time I wasn’t very happy with it, but a few months after being installed, it’s bedding in nicely.