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October 22, 2016

Reproduction Chair Backs

Just thought I’d share the finished product of one of my latest commissions. These reproduction Chair Backs are hand carved in Mahogany and will complement the other Chairs in the set.

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December 22, 2015

Happy Christmas and New Year

Happy Christmas and New Year to all of my clients. I’m now putting down my bench tools for the festive season and will be picking up the tools again early in the New Year.

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August 23, 2015

Low Relief Carving to commemorate those fallen in World War I

Can’t believe it was January the last time I blogged – clearly I’m not very good at keeping the blog updated but I have a few photos of some of the work that I have been doing over the last few months which I have added to the website. I finished this commission in May for a Church in Wales commemorating those fallen in World War I. The carved lettering on the solid Oak panels for this commission was unusual in that it was carved in low relief rather than the usual style of incised lettering. More photos can be viewed by visiting the Lettering page of my website.

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January 31, 2015

Hand Carved Claw Feet

Just finished these hand carved Claw Feet in Lime that will complete a piece of furniture for a private client. They were copied from an original that is in the photograph – can you tell which one was the original?

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August 23, 2014

Church Font Cover

Just completed the Hand Made Solid Oak Church Font Cover. The PCC required the tone of the Oak to be a dark hue to match the existing Church furniture. This was completed by a method called fuming which is achieved by the fumes given off by an ammonia solution that then react with the tannins in the Oak. This process gives a far better result for staining such wood as Oak with a lovely even finish. I am still waiting to fit the Solid Brass Cross that will embellish the top of the Font Cover as soon as I receive it and install it I will upload further images so keep checking for updates.  

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August 20, 2014

Wood carving Incised Lettering

Stuck for ideas for a wedding gift – why not have something hand carved and unique for the happy couple that will last them a lifetime. This Solid Mahogany plaque has been incised carved and the incised lettering oil gilded with Palladium Leaf and the mahogany surface was finished with a hard wax oil – stunning!  

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July 27, 2014

Bespoke Oak Church Font Cover

The font cover is progressing well. It has been a challenge as the stone font itself is an irregular octagon and the cover I have had to make to suit the irregular shape. This has caused several challenges especially with the centre column as this has to be a regular octagon and all of the eight legs attached to this column will have to be adjusted so that they sit exactly within the centre of the octagon segment. Some of the legs have had to be made slightly longer than others to disguise the irregularity of the octagon shape. Here’s a picture of the cover assembled dry (i.e. not glued up). The legs still need to be diminished in four dimensions and the centre column still has to have the top turned . Keep checking for updates on the completed piece.  

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June 29, 2014

Oak Font Cover Commission

Just been awarded a commission for a bespoke solid Oak Font Cover. I would just like to thank the PCC for choosing Mark Bridges Carvers and Gilders Ltd to create this piece of ecclesiastical furniture to adorn their Parish Church.  I will keep the blog updated on the commission and maybe a few photos as the work progresses so keep checking for updates.

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June 7, 2014

Wood carved Eagles

I have recently finished this commission for two carved Eagles in Lime which will be gilded and fitted to some Reproduction Mirror Frames. If you want to see more uploaded photographs check out my gallery, design and wood carving pages. Keep checking my site for updates on my next commission, coming soon.  

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May 26, 2014

Carved Eagles for Period Reproduction Frames

I am just about to finish some wood carved Eagles in lime, just got the backing off to do. The Eagles are for two Period Reproduction Frames. I have designed these to replicate this certain style and I will upload the design and photographs in the next few weeks – so keep checking for updates.

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