I have found that carving a small object can be a  difficult project, and may well take longer than the carving of something larger.

I remember struggling with the construction of the tiny sailing skiff Kingfisher, a six foot replica of the original Silver Mist made by Dad long ago (about 1958).

Construction of Explorer  (1996) was, by comparison, straightforward. Her greater length seemed to be more forgiving  of (perceived) defects and imperfections.

I wanted this small spoon to be perfect, or at least beautiful.

Still working on it….


The Road Goes Ever On 3


A water colour study of a Southern Flinders landscape, 2010.

Very different, it seems to me, from the  Mark Pearse landscapes in acrylic.

Spare, delicate, minimalist, Zen: these are adjectives that spring to mind.

It appeals to my wood-carving temperament….and I should note that Mark Pearse  was an accomplished and prolific sculptor in wood.