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.