|Greenman in OakSycamore bowl with letteringLarge walnut bowl with lettering|
|Small Walnut bowls|
|Felled oak in Finemere Wood 18th Feb 2015|
|With all the joints cut the first fit|
|With both of the ends attached to the seat the real test|
|The next day the back was fitted with help of a big clamp|
|All together for the first time|
|A copy of the original College Lake Logo carved into one of the bench ends|
|The wording hand cut into the back of the bench|
|Building the bench on site and pegging the joints|
|The bench finally installed in one of Graham favorite spots in wardens wood, looking over College lake and the surrounding hills from Ivinghoe beacon to Pitstone Hill|
|Small Wren added to the bench end|
The Site has been tidied up and a nice woven willow fence added.
I hope that everyone who uses the bench can begin to understand why Graham Atkins was so enthusiastic about the area and especially what a wonderful nature reserve he created for us to enjoy.
|Barn owl made from an old Oak fencing post inspired by an original ceramic design by Anthony Theakston. I saw his work at a show at Hatfield House a few years ago and wondered what it would look like in wood.|
|Mirror alphabet carved in Oak from an original graphic design by Scott Kim which seems to work well as incised lettering on wood.|
|A whale carved in Iroko|
|Solar Green man in Oak from an original Chris Pye Design|
|Detail of Solar Man eye|
|Another copy of a Haida original this time a "Wolf "in Walnut|
|This is part of a series of carving that a group of woodcarvers who meet at Queen Park Center in Aylesbury have done to depict the activities that go on there.|
I chose to show Pantomime and have based this carving on a original Picasso drawing taken from his "pantomime horse studies" which was created for Jean Cocteau's ballet, "Parade," in 1917. With of course some traditional English pantomime wording.
My wood carved signs at
As you walk around College Lake you may see some new wooden signs that have gone up. I have replaced 2 old wooden signs that were made in the early days of the reserve that had got to a point where it was no longer possible to repair and renovate them. The original boards were done to depict the surrounding Chiltern Hills and show the hill line and point out other reserves and places of interest around the College Lake.
The first sign that I replaced (Above) was installed in 2013 on the west side of the reserve and looks out towards Ivinghoe Beacon.
It is made from locally sourced Ash, from the sawmill at Ashridge.
The board I was offered was quite twisted and gnarled but had some very interesting figuring within it and because of this I chose to produce a simple carving showing the hill line with incised lettering and few token trees and hedge lines to allow the figuring in wood to show through.
With the second sign (Above) which is sited on the east side of the reserve and looks out over the hills from Tring Park to Aston Clinton Rag pits.
It is made from locally sourced Sweet Chestnut (again from the local sawmill at Ashridge), the board I was replacing only showed the hill line and picked out other reserves and points of interest in the view.
With this sign, as the wood is fairly straight grained and good to work, I have been able to add a lot more detail of tree lines, scrub, hides and islands.
I have been a volunteer with BBOWT at College Lake since 2009.
I really love the place and enjoy working with the conservation teams on site and around the other BBOWT Bucks reserves, as well as being a volunteer guide at College Lake most Sundays. Its amazing to work outside with a great team of like minded people, watching the changing seasons and finding out more about the local flowers,birds and butterflies.
In 2011 I decided to take some formal woodcarving lessons at the Queens Park Art Center in Aylesbury run by a local Cheddinton woodcarver Mick Waterhouse and I have found woodcarving to be fulfilling stretching and very enjoyable.
I started doing commissions in 2013 and have also sold pieces at local events.
To find out more about College Lake please click on the link at the top of this page.
|Snake design found on the web done for my son in Lime and coloured|
|Liberty's Pelican |
Carved in oak from a design on Chris Pye's website. The piece is 14" tall and 5.5" square.
3 legged stool
Made from ash with oak legs and incised lettering made for my cousins daughter.
Stools are a bit of a family tradition that I am trying to keep alive. Both my brother and myself were given stools similar to this when we were young and I still have mine after nearly 60 years.