Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Friday, 2 May 2014

Ebony, Box Wood and Tagua Nut.

Fruit Fly on Shrivelled Plum Necklace.
This is a necklace I made for my fiancée's birthday. It's not your conventional subject matter for a piece of jewellery, but hopefully it's not without it's charms. The little fruit fly is made of ebony and his teeth, eyes and wings are made from tagua nut, (It was a bit of a nightmare inlaying those little teeth). The shrivelled plum is made from box wood. The fly is held in place by a brass pin that should hopefully keep him firmly rooted to his plum, he's already survived a drop test or two. 
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Radish & Gnomes

I don't know what inspired me to make this drawing. Maybe it's of use for some strange radish worshiping cult. If you're in such a cult please feel fee to use this picture as your logo.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Pam's self portrait.

A greeting card.

This works better online if you imagine the picture of the card is a computer of some sort.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Visit Wales

I drew this poster the other day on yet another rainy evening.  I was inspired by the 4 or 5 months of almost continuous rain we've had here in Wales. 
No doubt it'll be snapped up by the Welsh tourist board any time now.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

A box commission.

It's been a pleasure working on this new cat box over the last month or so. I had almost as much fun making the box for the box. It's more or less a tomobako, (a traditional japanese box used for ceramics) but with a slightly different way or tying the strap. It also comes with a little boxwood mouse, held in place by a dragon seal.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Dragon logo.

I spent yesterday evening making the animation in the top right corner, it's the first 2D animation I've made for years, I forgot how tricky it is. The little paddling feet are my favourite bit.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Animated Box

I've been meaning to make one of these animated GIFs for a while after a friend suggested it. I have to say, it gives a much better idea of how these boxes look than a photo. I might well make something very elaborate with more boxes before the novelty wears off. 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Leaf nosed bat pendant.

This little fella might be one of the creepiest pieces of jewellery out there, but hopefully he's sort of charming at the same time. He's made from reclaimed ebony with box wood inlays for the eyes and teeth. He's also hollow so not only light, considering it's ebony, but a nice place to keep things.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Ebony and steel

After what felt like an eternity of polishing I'm finally finished with this carving knife. It's made from an old rusty chisel (which could hardly look more different after it's transformation) and a reclaimed chunk of ebony (in the form of a discarded elephant). 
More reincarnations of the elephant will materialise shortly.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Tool box

Here's my new tool box, and the doodle that inspired it.
It's been a month or two in the making, and it's about double the size of my previous boxes.
It's made out of maple with holly inlays for the teeth and eyes, and of course ukibori freckles (that are much better viewed in raking light).

The tricky thing to get right with this box was making the cut for the opening of the box descend below the hair, yet remain a near invisible join when finished.
The edges of the jaw could be a bit vulnerable to damage, so it's a design problem I've been trying to solve for some time.
After a lot of head scratching I finally figured out how to cut the head to make the jaw without cutting the hair. It's a remarkably long winded process, that gets results practically nobody will notice, not to mention it's a great way to induce glazed eyes in anyone I describe it to.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out all the same.

Friday, 31 May 2013

A peek into my studio.

Some pieces I've been working on in my new studio. A moody rabbit with a fringe, halfway complete!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dyfi Land Share

An illustration for The Dyfi Land Share postcard. To be sent to all those kind people who sponsored the project. I think there will be four designs in total, Can't wait to see what the others look like!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Ukibori Nose


Here's my latest box, the bumps on his nose are made using the ukibori technique I briefly described in my post on the Pickle man. These bumps came out really nicely, even if I do say so myself. 

Here's a bit of background information on the work I've been making lately:

These strange little boxes came about as a way for me to teach myself wood sculpture and functional woodwork while on the road. It's a tricky past-time if you don't have a workshop or much in the way of tools so theses pieces have been designed to be light and useful enough to justify lugging around with me. 
Their design also reflects the limited range of tools I've had access to, as well as there need to be lightweight, For example; the grooves for the cord are gouged out in a curve, rather than drilled, so that the inner dimensions of the box can mirror outer ones, making a lot more space inside the box and protecting the cord from damage.
When I do finally get my mits on a workshop I'm planning on making all sorts of weird and wonderful things, but until then, this project is a great way for me to hone my technique, and get good at carving noses.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Tim Toffle

Another little wooden box. Ebonized cherry with box wood eyes and teeth.

Monday, 21 January 2013


My latest box, It's taken 36 hours or there about to complete him. He’s made out of cherry wood, with holly teeth and eyes.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

This guy again.

Okay, I've finally made full lino print of 'Sometimes, even tigers get lost'. 
No more tricky Chine-collé for me! I always seemed to glue most of the tissue paper to myself.So a last I have some available on Etsy, and as I'm staying in one spot for a little while, I don't have to set my Etsy page to vacation mode while I'm on the move.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

At last, some clearer photo's! They're not the best, but they were taken in a shoe box, with some tracing paper taped over a lamp, It's quite effective considering.
11cm x 11.5cm x 3cm.  Cherry with holly inlays, sumi ink, cord.