Why is oak special?
Oak can make a good base for a bronze sculpture
This small bronze (the figure is 11 cm tall) is in an edition of 100. It was made after living in South Darfur. They are all mounted differently.
This one is mounted on a piece of cats’paw oak
Living in an Aquarium
Bronze figure, an edition of 10, all mounted differently, 30 cm tall. 5 left.
From debris to a new existence
Heavy but a promising find
The bulk of this is 150cm long not including the extended section. It could have lain here for many decades. Who can carry it?
Grandchildren working from home
Many weeks later, dried, jet-hosed and scraped, the hollow oak trunk is ready.
Hidden in a willow tree
To see how this ancient trunk now tells another story click on
I found this oak root in a local wood.
It was buried in wood debris, probably for decades.
I took it home and left it for months to dry out in an open shed.
Was it so rotten that it should be returned to its long useful decay?
Or could it be resurrected to a new existence?
An initial scraping away revealed a hard core worth inspecting.
It became an exploration like entering a bombed city,
falling into cellars,finding skeletons, opening casements.
It was also like being a dental hygienist faced with a drawer of rotting teeth.
This video lasts 45 seconds.