My carvings focus on blending designs from ancient history and lore. And, as is found with many artists, there's often additional meanings included for good measure. Architectural elements taken from the Celts, Scott's, and Norwegian cultures are mixed with atmospheric childhood stories as they had a strong influence on my already strong imagination.
A later trip to the four corners of Scotland cemented these emotions in place. And it wasn't just the exploration of castle ruins, it was the time spent with distant family, inviting us into their homes and telling us their stories. Magical.
So, I returned home, was fortunate enough to discover wood carving, and now I include these atmospheric elements which created such strong emotion and make them available to others.
I start each carving with an axe or electric chainsaw to rough in the basic form. From then on it is mostly hand tools like gouges, knives, axes and rasps for the remainder of project. My finished pieces are typically vinegar stained or burnt, and then clear coated with a low sheen sealer.