Awards & prizes
The European Stone Festival is an annual event which pits the skills of stone carvers from around Europe against each other in a speed-carving competition over two days. Around 150 entrants take part, from twenty or more countries. I have won first prize at the festival three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016—more times than any other carver; and to date I remain the only British carver to take the title. I have also won first prize at the Journées de la Pierre festival, an important biennial gathering of French stone carvers.
Here are some of my entries for those competitions. Each is the product of about 16‒18 hours’ carving, using hand tools only.
European Stone Festival, Salzburg 2016
In 2016 I reclaimed my title as champion carver of the European Stone Festival, winning the top prize for the third time in the last four years.
The annual festival, which took place in Salzburg, Austria in 2016, pits the skills of carvers and masons from around Europe against each other in a speed-carving competition over two days. This year about 150 entrants took part, from Shetland to Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, and almost everywhere else in between.
This year the theme was 'From the Romanesque to the Modern'. This is my carving of a column capital in Romanesque (i.e. Norman) style, of a modern stonemason creating swirling volutes of dust as he cuts with an angle grinder into a block of stone. The stone is an Austrian shelly limestone reminiscent of Cotswold stone. Approx 17 hours' carving (hand tools only).
European Stone Festival, Freiburg 2014
In 2014, the theme was 'Flora and Fauna of the Black Forest'. Below is my carving of an octagonal pilaster capital featuring a squirrel eating a fir come on a branch with sprigs of larch needles - which won me the title, created by the festival for that year, of 'Overall Festival Winner'. The stone is the local 'Schilfsandstein' red sandstone.
Approx 17 hours' carving (hand tools only).
European Stone Festival, Lincoln 2013
Journées de la Pierre, Vernon 2007