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Yearly Archives: 2014

December 7, 2014

Busy times for Wood carver and Gilder

Haven’t blogged for some time as the last few months I have been very busy with lots of commissions ranging from carved mouldings, furniture carving, restoration and conservation work and incised lettering. Here’s a photo of some incised lettering that I have recently completed for a Yacht company. More photos are available in my website of new work that I have just finished. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all of my clients and followers.

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October 11, 2014

Oak Church Font Cover

This piece is finally complete with Brass Cross and is a complementary addition to the Church.

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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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April 21, 2014

Mark Bridges Carvers & Gilders Ltd has moved

  It’s been some time since my last blog but we’ve now moved home and my business into the heart of Suffolk.   It’s almost a year since I last wrote to congratulate Jack and Claire on their retirement and I was sincerely saddened to learn that Jack passed away in January of this year. My sincere condolences to Claire and their family at this sad time.   Look out for my new video. You can view it by clicking here or click the ‘Watch Video’ button on my Home Page.  

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