Stag family commission and Frugaldom archway

The most recent series of driftwood commissions included a family of deer destined for Northern Ireland. They were accompanied by an owl, a badger, a fox and a red squirrel. The delighted customer kindly sent the photographs of the sculptures as soon as they had been installed on site.

Meanwhile, work continues at Frugaldom where a driftwood archway now welcomes visitors to the secret garden. It is adourned with animal sculptures and woodland figures. Three driftwood runner ducks now patrol the fence-line and visitors will find a hand-crafted Fairy Kingdom inside the garden.

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Latest commissions and the Ghost Rider of Frugaldom

My commissioned sculptures of St. Thomas a Becket, Adi Shankara and William Shakespeare were safely delivered to the IMOS Foundation in December and have now taken up residence at the Hope All Saints Sculpture Park in Romney Marsh, Kent.

A Commission for a Belted Galloway cow and calf was also completed over Christmas 2022.

A new installation at the Frugaldom project in February 2023 – The Ghost Rider.

This sculpture is lit by solar garden lights at night. You can watch a short video showing the process of creating this sculpture here

Valais Blacknose Sheep (mixed media)

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Wizards and Woodland Spirits at Frugaldom

Several new sculptures have been created for our on-going project at Frugaldom in Dumfries & Galloway. The rewilding project also acts as a sanctuary and aire with over forty of my sculptures now on display.

Recent additions include these woodland spirits, created from driftwood. They are now fixed to trees in garden areas at the entrance to Frugaldom.

This wizard or hobbit stands about 3 feet tall. He was made using discarded material that had been left at the site.

There are two resident goats at Frugaldom and this is the second sculpture inspired by their arrival just over one year ago.

A ghostly apparition of a stag, made from recycled and spare chicken wire.

A current work in progress, a carved wood nymph in driftwoodWizardWood spirit

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Animal sculptures commission for Achnacarry Estate

Following on from the sculptures for the Loch Arkaig art trail, I was delighted to be commissioned for a series of four driftwood animal sculptures for the Achnacarry Estate. These were approached in much the same way as the Loch Arkaig project, completing all four in around 6 weeks. Hopefully the sculptures will be on public display at both sites before the end of the summer.

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures – The finishing touches

The four commissioned animal sculptures for the Loch Arkaig Public Art trail are almost completed. The final stage will be to check that they are secure and inspect them closely for any areas that need extra treatment.

The Roe Deer – on the alert for predators

The Roe deer seemed to develop quite quickly, perhaps because it is a subject that I have tackled before. We have lots of roe deer in this part of Dumfries & Galloway and I see them regularly when making the short trip over to the Frugaldom project.

The Wild Boar – Foraging

The Wild boar presented a slightly different challenge, mainly because of its rugged appearance. I managed to achieve this look by working some glue and shavings into the head and then toning them in with the rest of the sculpture.

The Lynx – stalking its prey

The Lynx did not need too much alteration once I had created the body using some suitably marked driftwood. The head required some special attention, blending in some intricate pieces of wood sent down from Loch Arkaig.

The Capercaillie – in full display

The Capercaillie was always likely to be the most challenging of the four pieces but I’m pleased with how well it has gone. Having started out with a gnarled and twisted root, the strips of pine transformed the sculpture in making the tail feathers. The iridescent paint has worked well in providing the finishing touches to the sculpture.

I will be going over each sculpture in painstaking detail this week to make sure they are in tip-top shape when they arrive at their final destination. It has been a real privilege to be included in this exciting project and I can’t wait to see what the other artists have produced!

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 8: Final phase begins

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The Loch Arkaig sculptures are now approaching the final phase. As the subjects chosen for this commission are so varied, each has set its own challenges. The lynx has not posed too many problems, although it is the first time … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 7: Capercaillie colour

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With detailed work already well under way last week on the capercaillie, it was time to start thinking about colouring the sculpture. I often choose to leave my driftwood sculptures as bare wood but if any creature merits colour then … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 6: Roe Deer & Wild Boar detail

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With some of the more detailed work already started on the lynx ¬†and capercaillie, it was time to devote a couple of days to the roe deer and wild boar sculptures. Much of the wood salvaged from Loch Arkaig has … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 5: Capercaillie detail

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Work on the four commissioned sculptures is now progressing at a rapid rate. After a full day on the lynx sculpture yesterday, today is was the turn of the capercaillie to receive some special attention. The delivery of the wood … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 4: Lynx detail

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The next stage of the creation of the four Loch Arkaig sculptures is the most exciting. Having created a solid framework and built it up with the wood salvaged from the site, now is the time when the sculptures really … Continue reading

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