Monday, 20 December 2010

Monday 20th December

-8 degrees in the studio this morning.
Enough is enough I'm going home again!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Week commencing 13th December

The snow has now cleared and we can get on with the job.
The first stretch of the Time Line laid out in the yard.
Recesses are being cut to fit the bronzes.
Inside the studio the pieces wait to be engraved.
Bronzes laid in place waiting to be fitted.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

December 4th 2010

I'd been having a few problems with unsolicited spam comments being left on my blog. I changed my security settings to block this happening. Unfortunately I seemed to have blocked all comments. I've now changed my settings again so hopefully people will be able to leave comments on my blog once again. Look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

December 1st..... Uh-oh!!

This was the sight that greeted us this morning on arrival at the studio.
Even Hamish's shelter had been defeated by the over night snowfall.

Due to the access road to the studio being slightly treacherous we decided to postpone work today and headed home.....
... but couldn't resist doing this first!

Nov 30th.... More work in progress

Having moved most of the stones indoors we have drawn up the designs and transferred them to the stone.



Work continues....

25th November 2010

A light dusting of snow covered the granite this morning.
We decided to move some of the half worked stones inside to thaw out.
Cold feet!!

Some of the bronzes have now been cast and I have applied an initial patina. There is still a bit of work to do on these but I'm fairly happy with how they look.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Working on the stone

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A small video of work in progress.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Patterns completed ready for casting


All the patterns are completed and ready for casting. Next time you see these they will be in bronze!

Last of the clay pieces and some more progress

Durham Miners' Association 1869
Durham Mint 1132
Durham Light Infantry 1881
Durham City Police 1836
An ammonite and axe head appear on the first stone. A wee bird flies off the last stone to represent the future.
More stones in progress.

Moulds waiting to be filled with resin, these will go to the foundry.

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Last 2 Roundels

The last two roundels are now done.

Now to get them cast.

Monday, 25 October 2010

More clays

The clays are nearly finished. I've started working on the second last one and will hopefully get these to the foundry by the end of this week.
Commerce and Tourism
Notable industires
Sports and leisure pursuits in Durham.
800 years of mining.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Weekly Update

This week I decided to make moulds from the first 7 roundels before the clay started to dry out and shrink. The rubber moulds are now ready and I will take resin casts from them in the next few days. These will go of to the foundry to be cast in bronze.
Work has continued on the roundels with a further 3 being completed.
Durham University (in progress)
Street lighting in 18th century.

Work began to build Durham jail 1809.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Beginning to work on the granite

Work has now started on the granite.
2 down, 38 to go...


Friday, 8 October 2010

Clays in Progress

This week I have been working on the clay roundels.

So far I have completed 6 of the 15.
In no particular order.....
Durham Cathedral.

The arrival of St. Cuthbert.
Bede's bones.
Normans build.
Arts and entertainment in the 21st century.

The railway reaches Durham.