I run a lettercarving studio on the edge of Cumbria, in the Yorkshire Dales. Here I carve commissions for inscriptions including memorials, garden features and house signs, as well as carrying out public art projects and making pieces for exhibition. Besides lettering, I draw illustrations for low-relief carving, linocutting and photo-etching in metal. I also draw and paint lettering for print, and for interiors, such as floors and walls.
Recent large commissions include the Stanza Stones in the south Pennines with poet Simon Armitage; Sheffield city centre seating schemes with poets Matt Black and Ray Hearne; the Poetry Path with poet Meg Peacocke in Cumbria; Discover Eden: wildlife bronze panel waymarking for Eden Valley walking-routes; and lettering for enamelled tiles on Carlisle’s Flood Walls.
I run short courses in lettercarving, and, with support from the Memorial Arts Charity Apprenticeship Scheme, I have recently trained apprentice Wayne Hart, who has now set up his own studio in Manchester.