Archive for October, 2014

Martin Wenham

October 12, 2014

I would just like to mention my mentor and friend Martin Wenham.  We don’t see Martin’s work up here in Scotland as he mostly exhibits at the Goldmark Gallery in Rutland.  Last year Goldmark  produced a short film on YouTube about his work which I recommend if you want to hear more about the process of letter carving in wood and Martin’s approach to his work.

“Silent Voices”

Martin talks about lettering in a very articulate way and if you want to learn more I would also recommend the interview in Forum magazine No 23 with the editor John Neilson, available from Letter Exchange.

Martin taught lettercarving at West Dean College in Sussex for 19 yrs and we first met in on his five day course in 2003.  Through his teaching and his imaginative approach to letter design I discovered my passion for lettercarving and design in wood.


Ref Time

October 12, 2014

AYE is for what might have been or may still happen in the future.

aye but-1B

Would they really have allowed us to keep our oil and whisky revenues and remove Trident from Scotland ? The process has been described by Russian observers as “badly flawed ……..not meeting international standards”.


work from 2014

October 12, 2014

I think these words should be carved in letters 600mm high on a certain building at Gogar on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A daily reminder for bankers going to work.


Scottish cherry and hornbeam (with blue veneer)


I was asked to carve names and dates on an Angus Clyne sycamore bowl, about 600mm in diameter.  This presented quite a holding challenge.  I happened to have two large low profile Ferrari tyres in the garden which made the perfect support.    We have used old tyres for growing veg, but these were not suitable because of being unable to remove the reinforced sidewall.

bowl support

finished bowl-1B


I have carved the phrase I AM THAT I AM on several works before. This piece came about because of hearing the Radio 4 program Soul Music, where the selected song was IS THAT ALL THERE IS ? made famous by Peggy Lee.  The work combines ash and some rather strange elm as a frame.



A friend mentioned that she was teaching her daughter to meditate and knowing that I used to make mediation stools, asked me to make one.  This is my original Seiza folding stool that was exhibited in Japan at the Nagaoka Design Fair in 1994, now modified for a 9yr old. The stool is oak with a new yew insert and red veneer.

stool for nuala-B


This commission was to celebrate a 70th birthday.  I was given words and phrases and asked to use a slice of a tree.  Luckily I just happened to have this piece of elm burr.  A different way of working which was fun to explore.



I like the idea of using a single flower in a holder for celebration.

This was for a Polish friend Anna, who also calls herself Ania.