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Bone carving by Nick Pantelides

Today we had a presentation and a variety of topics from one of our long-standing members – Nick Pantelides Nick’s morning session wasa discussion on carving in other media such as Bone, Alabaster, Soapstone, Ivory, animal horn and Antler. Bones need a lot of preparation to ensure all the marrow is removed. this includes first […]

Life sized elephant sculptures

I came across a story of these sculpted elephants that are travelling around the world to increase awareness of the plight of elephants in India.   I wondered how these life sized elephants were made?  The best I could find, initially was in The Hindu newspaper “The sculptures have been crafted from Lantana camara, a plant introduced […]

Bob Burton – Journey to being a carver

Back in September 28, 2019, Bob is a new member and told us about his first adventures in carving.   One day, he had amazing luck, and found an advert in a carving magazine for a Furniture Making school that was only yards away from his front door.  There he could make what he wanted with […]

Michael Painter- Master Carver

On Saturday 18th August 2018 Michael Painter gave us another fantastic insight into his carving expertise. He had his career chosen for him by helpful Job Centre employee who volunteered to ring for an appointment. He served his apprenticeship, but did not know that a huge stone heraldic carving was to be his apprentice piece […]

Richard Colbran talked about Relief Carving

On 19th May 2018 Richard ( a long standing member of the club with a wealth of experience)  brought in a number of his relief carvings and gave us a talk relief carving.   He discussed a number of tricks and tips around adding dramatic shadow, the difficulty of perspective in high relief carving and thinking […]

Tribute to Jim Lupton

My last post was about the repair of a carved horse made by Jim Lupton.    I had been brought to me by his granddaughter who shared some pictures of his work.     I have never met Jim, but his work shows that he is the sort of carver I would have liked to […]

Repair of Horse Carving by John Adamson

A client brought a carving of a horse that her grandfather, Jim Lupton,  had made.  It had an accident and now had five breaks.  Each leg had two breaks and the tail was also broken.   My first thought was that there were too many bits to handle with only two hands, and it would […]

Walking Sticks with Nick Panteledies

Nick laid out his main criterion for a walking stick – It must be comfortable.  This is at variance with the British Stickmakers Guild (www.thebsg,org,uk) which marks sticks down if they are not billiard cue straight, amongst it’s other petty rules. Sticks are traditionally made from hawthorn, ash, holly, hazel although interesting sticks can be […]

Member’s carvings Feb 2018

Carving for Towneley Park Nature Trail by Richard Colbran The notes below have been taken from the Towneley News 2018 Smallholdings Trail This nature trail was instigated by a Park Ranger about seven years ago, in collaboration with the Friends of Towneley Park. It provides an easy walk of about three quarters of a mile, […]