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The Workshop

Working in stone is generally a time consuming process and tight deadlines mean that one must be able to put together a team in order to realise the larger projects.

Over the years I have worked with numerous other carvers and so can now call on a number of experienced colleagues when the situation demands. As a sculptor and designer I prepare drawings and models in order that my vision of the project can be realised by a team without losing my own vision.

In the production phase of a large project, one relies on the skill and experience of trusted colleagues. However detailed the drawings or models I provide, each carver brings their own skill and experience to the project. This is a collaborative workshop process in which all members of the team both give and take. I thrive in this social and collaborative atmosphere, and am never happier than when working with a large group of like-minded individuals.

These are images of carvers (and the odd mason) whom I have worked with over the past 25 years, as well as a few predecessors from workshops of the past.

The Workshop

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The carving team that worked on the restoration of Henry VII Chapel, 1996, at Rattee and Kett.<br />
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Terry King at work. He originally apprenticed as a woodcarver at Rattee and Kett in the early 1950's, and brought in a wealth of experience to the workshop. 1994<br />
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Rattee and Kett craftsmen pose outside the Catholic Church in Cambridge, which was completed in 1891.<br />
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Portrait of James Rattee, co-founder of the Cambridge business with George Kett, whom he met at work on the interior of the Houses of Parliament in 1843.<br />
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My great friend the carver John Roberts, now sadly deceased, with whom I shared my first workshop along with surveyor to the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, Donald Butress, 1986.
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Masons at Rattee and Kett in the Mess Room.<br />
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Dori, the studio dog, at Fairhaven and Woods. Not the most suitable colour!<br />
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A little light relief, during the carving of the Temple Bar heraldry, 2003.<br />
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Henry Crawley at the drawing board on work experience, 2003.<br />
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Angus Crawley prepares a surface of operation on work experience, 2005.<br />
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Taking five, 2005.<br />
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A dusty job, stone carving!<br />
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At work on River God, 1999.<br />
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