Archive for January, 2016

sacred outrage

January 6, 2016

Outrage is the other side of love, the realisation that our sacred obligation to treat others as ends rather than means has been violated, that the compassion essential to communal life is missing.

I posted the “elephants in the room” carving last year.  The discovery of this statement by Sam Keen in the book “In the Absence of God”, prompted me to add four new works to three existing works and exhibit them under the title “Sacred Outrage”, which is a sub heading in the book.



Pope Leo 1, the Great



Canto XLV : Ezra Pound

Usura 2012-blog


I think the older generations should be getting more angry at the way their grandchildren’s inheritance is being violated.  Sometimes a quotation and a piece of wood are made for each other. Quotation by Dylan Thomas (with small omission) carved on water stained qs Scottish oak.



The 23-member 9/11 Consensus Panel is building a body of evidence-based research into the events of September 11, 2001, derived from a standard scientific reviewing process. The late Michael Meacher MP was an honorary member from 2011.  The quotation is from the Robert Burns poem The Dream.                                         



The reasoning behind this carving is somewhat obscure but then so is the maze of legislation that is determining the future of Scotland’s water, with the UK having a unified business water market from 1.4.2017.  There are two pieces of legislation which become law on April Fool’s day.   What implications does this have for a future Independent Scotland ?   The HHO  (H2O) in the first two lines on the right are carved, the rest painted.

fool- B


“A conspiracy theory is an explanatory or speculative hypothesis suggesting that two or more persons or an organization have conspired to cause or cover-up, through secret planning and deliberate action, an event or situation typically regarded as illegal or harmful.”   (Wikipedia)

I AM - B


I’ll finish this post with another powerful quote from Arundhati Roy.

The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it, and once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out.  There’s no innocence.  Either way you are accountable.”




Some work from 2015

January 6, 2016

The big thing for me this year was to put together seven lettercarvings and exhibit them under the heading Sacred Outrage. More about that in a separate post. The biggest commission was a real pleasure. There is a cycle path around Loch Leven in Fife which was completed recently. On the outskirts of Kinross is a birdviewing hide, designed by ICOSIS architects, which has won several awards. My commission was to replace a couple of larch strips with oak of the same size, carved with the names of the awards. I will have to wait until the Spring to get a decent image but the website is worth a look.

bird hide - B


A couple of small commissions.  I like the idea of holders for single flower blooms, using quartered or halved fruitwood logs.  These are drilled for a 150mm glass test tube.  This commission was a thank you gift for a couple whose home had provided a refuge for a friend through a difficult period of her life.



A temporary grave marker, in oak.

grave marker - B


After the gloom and doom addressed in the outrage carvings,  something a bit more joyful.   Ebonised oak   530 x 310mm



This memorial bench,  from 2012, was a collaboration with the furniture maker Graeme Murray (Real Wood Studios).  The oak board resting against the wall supports the solid seat, which also sits on a section of tree trunk.  The words are from a poem by Jackie Kay.  Still waiting for a good image with morning sunshine.  The sloping panel has weathered beautifully.

annie's bench

goodnight fiere