Friday, 30 January 2009

Brooding Vulture

A vulture which uses two old plough blades for the body, two scythe blades for wings, a sink trap for the neck and beak from an old harvester.
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Vulture detail

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Feeding Rooster

Created in 2008, using a wide variety of garden tools, this
rusty rooster is a little larger than life-size and was
designed to stand in an open fireplace during the
summer months.
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Small Heron

This small was heron designed to stand amongst reeds at the edge of a pond
watching over the goldfish below...I'm not sure how happy the goldfish are to see it,
but it's rather less of a threat to them than the real thing! 2009
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Begging Bear

This bear has a soup ladle for it's begging bowl, and a small frying pan for it's belly. It was a built for a lady who has quite a collection of bears, so it should feel quite at home with her. Created 2009.
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Begging Bear 2

Detail of the bear's face, showing amongst other things the remains of a bicycle saddle, chainwheel and shutter hinges
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Sunday, 25 January 2009


This osprey sculpture, pictured on a frosty morning was
created for a 40th birthday present. The flight feathers are
blades from a rotorvator, the tail is an axe head and there are parts from a mowing machine as well as a rake in the wings. Built 2008
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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Giant Rooster

By using the largest examples of garden tools I could find, this rooster
is about twice life size, and stands on top of the cast iron base of a cafe table.
The axe head used for it's neck and the fork legs are from the early part of the 18th century, while the rings which form the body came from the wooden wheel hubs on an ox cart which had rotted away. A selection of sickles and a scythe blade were used for the tail feathers. Created 2008
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Monday, 19 January 2009

Deer Heads

These 'faux trophies' were created to adorn the walls of a large house whose owner was not a fan of hunting and prefered to keep the local game alive. A variety of agricultural implements and some cauldron handles were used in thier construction.
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Mazotti Pig

The second of several life-size wild boar sculptures, each stuffed with large pinecones, this example was a commission for a local client
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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Iron horse

An iron horse that weighs about as much as I do and used up much of the stock of old tools in my collection at the time. It is 1.8metres tall and was built in 2007
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Two deer

A selection of shovels, hoes, rakes etc form most of the parts for these animals who live together in a large garden
in a remote part of the Dordogne, in the company of their real counterparts
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Small heron

One of many heron sculptures which stands as happily in a flower bed as it does at the edge of a pond
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Detail from a heron

This close view of a heron sculpture shows the beak from a mowing machine and other scrap-metal parts
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Created for a lady who lives in Holland, this flamingo stands 1.7metres high and uses the spring tyne from a harrow for it's neck, a billhook for a beak and a pair of ox shoes for the head.
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Tom's Osprey

An axehead forms the body and tail of this swooping bird, scythe blades were used for the wings, a garden fork for the legs, and the blade from a harrow for the newly captured fish in it's talons
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Crouching dog

This dog features a bicycle saddle and several metal fittings taken from a wooden ox yoke, which had suffered badly from woodworm. 2007
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Giant onion

A rare departure into the world of abstract art, this sculpture is made from barrel hoops from many different sized barrels. It was designed to hang from the branches of a tree
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Spring Lamb

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Spring Lamb

A leaping lamb insired by the arrival of a set of newborn lambs in the field opposite my barn. Axe heads were the obvious choice for shoulder blades, and I used an old flatiron for it's face
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This wall sculpture has a wingspan of around two metres,
and uses mostly parts from an ancient horse-drawn mower.
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One of my earliest examples of a wall sculpture, this simple piece uses two large scythe blades, the inner hub from a farm cartwheel, and a small metal funnel. The tail was created from a hoe. 2005
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This whimsical sculpture was created at the request of a friend who had replaced the antique bath in his farmhouse and wanted to make a feature of it in the garden. The stomach of our bather is an empty gas bottle which
I filled with water before any welding took place, otherwise both the gas bottle and I would probably have finished up in orbit...The plan is to fill the bath with water, install a waterlily and a rubber duck. 2008
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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Alison's Deer

One of a pair of deer made from a variety of garden tools as a birthday present in 2008
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Large Heron

Designed for those gardeners amongst us who have a pond, I have made several herons which can either stand in the water or amongst reeds at the water's edge. The smaller herons naturally go with the smaller pond, but this larger than life example stands almost six feet tall, and now lives in a lake.
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