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I was brought up on a smallholding by my Artist parents where my affinity for the natural world was nurtured. My first job, after finding school was not for me, was in forestry on Gorhambury Estate near St Albans where my relationship with trees and wood was developed. I have now been carving for over twenty years and exhibit my work regularly during Oxford and Bucks Art Weeks and Open Studio events. I joined Bicester Sculpture Group about ten years ago to increase the range of materials I used and to learn casting techniques. I am currently tutor technician for the group passing on my skills in welding and casting. TEACHING As well as working at the Bicester Sculpture Group I teach Woodcarving for all abilities at the Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury. The times and details of the classes can be found at . I also provide tuition for small groups, up to five , at my own workshop.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Some Commissioned Work

In the last few months I have been commissioned to do three very different pieces of work.

Pictured here is a Plaque in oak that is a representation of the Gilpin Family Shield that features on the Church in Horton cum Studley, shown below.

From the oak original I cast a copy in cement for the front of a Georgian House in Walton Street Aylesbury.

For the same house I then restored the columns on the front porch.

I produced patterns in lime wood for  egg and dart mouldings and the ionic scrolled capitals, which I then cast in cement from rubber moulds.


Another unlikely commission was for a wood mock up of an electric heater for a local company prior to production in China.

The third was a Swan to top a music stand made by furniture maker and wood turner Steve Cooper.
The Swan is part of the shield of the Worshipful Company of Musicians who commissioned the piece.

A Recent Departure into Bronze.

The Little Owl I carved in Walnut ( on the left ) and mounted on an old fence post.

This is the bronze version .
Cast by Nick Davis in Cublington.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Mick,

    I'm not sure if this is the best way to get in touch with you but here goes:

    Are you taking on any commission work at the moment? My wife and I are looking to have a sculpture made to commemorate our wedding just over 2 years ago.

    The reason for having something made now is that we were married in front of a dying sycamore tree which unfortunately was cut down for safety reasons just yesterday. We have all the wood from the tree (very little of it rotten) and the chap that cut it down for us recommended a 'fantastic carver from Cheddington'. A quick Google and you came up, and I love the style of your work.

    If you are taking on commissions how do you price your work? We would be looking for something that we could hang on a wall in our home (so not too big!) that features two figures (us) and the tree behind.

    Many thanks

    Sam Cranwell