Here are a few more photos of how the sculptures look this morning. As you can see, they’re nearly finished.
Hi everyone, Ed here to give you a quick update on how everything’s going on day two of the Gloucester Stone Carving Festival 2013!
If you’ve not already done so, please do come and see us at the Llanthony Priory (next door to the college) where you’ll be able to see our brilliant volunteer carvers working on their sculptures. I’ve included some photos at the bottom of this post but they don’t even begin to portray the amount of work going on. Everywhere you look, there are carvers chipping away and speaking to our visitors.
I may try and get a recording of the sound of that many carvers at work, all you can hear is taps, thuds even the occasional ring of a chisel or the stones themselves. It’s very difficult to describe. Again, I urge you to drop by and experience it for yourself.
Our carvers have been working tirelessly for two days on their carvings and it’s quite astonishing how much they can do in such a short space of time. What were once simply blocks of Tetbury limestone (kindly donated by Veizey’s Quarry – Thanks again guys) are now becoming recognisable as the finished sculptures they will soon become. Each of those sculptures will be in a charity auction being held on the main stage of the Tall Ships festival in the docks at 15:00 on Monday.
If bidding on a sculpture isn’t for you, remember Carrie has created an original sculpture especially for the festival which is the prize in a raffle. For £2, you can have a chance to take that beautifully elegant sculpture home.
Anyway, I promised some photos! Here you go:
I am pleased to announce these activities and stands will be at this event, I will update it as more information becomes available.
Come and strike a replica of the French Petit Blanc coin in Pewter using replica dies, there is a £1.50 charge which includes an explanation card.
The coin is a replica of the one found under the Bow of the Newport Ship, placed there to bring the ship good luck by the shipwrights at the time of her construction. The coin dates to 1447.
Also on sale are replica sets of Pirate, Roman and Medieval coins along with guidebooks about the medieval ship, all of this is done in a beautiful medieval tent.
The proceeds go to The Friends of the Newport Ship who use these to finance elements of the ship’s conservation and research.
More information can be found by following this link to their website. http://newportship.org/the-future.aspx
Visit Clive Barratt of The Greenman and The Gatekeeper to buy some beautiful hand-crafted leather bags and masks, pewter miniatures and illustrations,
for more information visit his website; http://www.greenmangatekeeper.com/
The Gloucester Geology Trust one of our beneficiaries will be attending and providing activities and education;
Make Your Own Fossil
Dig for Fossils in the sand
Ask an Expert (bring along your finds)
There is a charge of 50p for making a fossil & 50p for making a badge.
Everything else is free.
Trail guide leaflets, £2:00 each.
Obviously The Tall Ships festival is going on in the Docks at the same time and more information can be found at their website http://www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk/tallships/
Canterbury watches will be there, providing an excellent watch and clock repair service, they have a wide selection of watches available to buy and can replace batteries and straps while you wait.
Pauline and Nigel have an excellent reputation and people flock to their portable shop and workshop, they have been established for many years and are always happy to help.
David Edwards of Spheracity will be selling quality Madagascan Spheres. Comprising of Rose Quartz, Blue Calcite, Labradorite, Celestite, Smokey Quartz, Jasper, Septarian,
These are bought direct from the family who makes them in Madagascar. David visits once a year to collect these beautiful and unique items, he can source fossils of all sizes, including polished fossil wood and split ammonites and can take orders for most rock types. David can source even larger specimens on request.
I have organised two festivals before and they raised almost £7000 between them for The local Brownies, Longhope Church as well as a couple of others. The grand live auction is a very exciting event, the murmering of people waiting eagerly for the carving they want to go under the hammer!
Here are a few images from those two events..
I will put some photos up of other events that I have not only consulted on, but also taken part in to give you all an idea of what to expect at such an interesting and exciting event!!
For those of you that haven’t experienced a festival of this nature it breaks down like this, a group of stonemasons gather in a large marquee, they are given a block of stone each, a theme and only a short amount of time, in this instance it is two and a half days, to carve and finish something of their design.
The theme for this event is Nautical.
There are three prizes for the best carving, The first one is for Apprentices /novices and is £100 worth of Gibson tool vouchers, this is judged by the seasoned mason, we will be looking for technique, ieda and overall finish
There are 2 other prizes both for £75 vouchers again kindly donated by Gibson tools follow this link to see their full website http://shop.g-gibson.com/index.asp These are for the best carving voted for by the public and best carving voted for by the masons.
The weekend culminates in a grand live auction at 3pm on the main stage in the docks near the waterways Museum-there will be banners with arrows directing you to the stage. Mark Stafford Lovatt of Nock Deighton Auctioneers will be presiding over the auction, the profit from this auction will go to The Llanthony Secunda Priory trust, there will be some other beneficiaries which are to be decided.
You will be pleased to hear that I have finished my carving of a mermaid figurehead. She measures 17 inches in length, 7 inches wide and stands 12 inches high.
I am so proud and excited as she is just as I had perceived her to be and somebody out there will win her.
The tickets cost just £2 and the money from this goes to helping me pay for The Gloucester Stone Carving Festival.
Here are few close ups and my masons mark is in the centre of the first photo.
The draw takes place on Monday 27th May at 3pm which is also when the auction and prize giving takes place. It will be on the main stage in the docks and there will be banners directing you to the auction.
If you would like to buy a raffle ticket but can’t make the event then cheques can be made payable to ‘The Gloucester Stone carving Festival’ and sent to Cat’s Eye Carving, Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney. Glos. GL15 6BU
Hello everyone and welcome to this years Gloucester Stone Carving Festival.
If you are coming from The Ross/ Hereford /Forest of Dean direction you need to stay on the A40 to Gloucester. You will pass The Over Farm Market-great for local produce!!
As you approach the Over roundabout you need to be in the right hand lane and take the 3rd exit signposted Gloucester Quays. As you come around this roundabout you need to position yourself to be in the right hand lane as you will use the filter to turn right heading towards Hempsted and M5 southbound, there may be signs for the Tall Ships Festival here, follow this road round. Gloucester Cathedral will be on your left and the docks buildings will start to come into view. There is the first car park on the left before the traffic lights.
If you go through the traffic lights past Gloucester College a green railing will start and then you will see a prominent stone gateway, this is The Llanthony Secunda Priory site. As you pass this you need to get into the left filter to go over St Ann’s bridge PLEASE NOTE THIS BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12pm- 2pm ON FRIDAY 24TH TO ALLOW THE SHIPS TO ENTER THE DOCKS.
Sainsbury’s is on your right, over the bridge there is the Peel shopping centre on your right and Gloucester Quays Multi Storey Car Park on your left.
If you are coming from the M5 you need to head towards the A40 and The Forest of Dean. This should also be signposted Gloucester Quays.
Take the 2nd exit at The Longford roundabout and the first exit at The Over roundabout, from here you can follow the above directions.
Look forward to seeing you.
Well I am making steady progress-between my commissions!
I love how her hair looks like a wave that is rolling back to shore.
As you can see I am refining all the details now and it gives me the opportunity to design how I want the scroll to look as I am working.
As you can see I am piercing through the stone to give the illusion of delicacy and allow the light through the sculpture.
I think that another day and a half and she will be finished!
Thank-you to everyone who has bought a raffle ticket so far, here are the latest set of photos of my carving of a mermaid in the form of a ship figurehead.
As you can see I took advantage of the incredible weather over the bank holiday and was able to make some excellent progress.
In order to create the features I want I have to create blocks of stone to carve and from these I can carve and develop the detail.
Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get on with my carving until the weekend I worked hard so I could get to the stage of hollowing through the tail.
I have washed the carving so that I am able to see what needs to be done next and there is still plenty of work to do.
Watch this space for more updates at the weekend!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have confirmation of the auction time, 3pm at the main stage in the docks.
I am very lucky that Mark Stafford Lovatt of Nock Deighton Auctioneers will be presiding over the auction.
He has shown himself to an excellent choice when he took the auctions at the previous 2 events at The Ludlow Conservation weekend, and has generously offered his services free of charge. http://www.nockdeighton.co.uk/about.php
This will also be when the draw takes place to win my carving and the announcement of the winners of the 3 prizes.
Carving will stop at 1:30pm on Monday 27th May and the stone masons will be asked to vote for their favourite carving, The general public will also get a vote to decide their favourite and then I will ask the senior masons to vote for the best of the novices.
The theme is a nautical one so the criteria will be an interesting and unusual design, good use of the stone and final look of the carving.
Obviously as visitors you will be able to watch the progress of these carvings and the voting is not to put the carvers under extra pressure but it is an opportunity to push themselves and strive to do the best work possible in the alloted time.
There is also the generous prize of £250 which is broken down as follows, £100 for the winner of the best novice carving and £75 each for the voted best by public and best by peers. I have chosen to give the novice the larger prize as I remember only to well trying to build up my collection of chisels. http://shop.g-gibson.com/
This website will be updated with photos of the carvings as they progress over the weekend so if you can’t make it to all three days then at least you can keep an eye on the carving you like and hopefully pop along to the auction.