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Commissions Gallery

The gallery below shows examples of commisioned work undertaken in the past. If you would like something done, please contact me.

Cheese Wedding Board
Cheese weddings are becoming popular.Instead of a Wedding cake, people are piling several cheeses up to create a tiered "cake" which is then decorated.I have been asked to make large boards with inscriptions for such events.


This board is 16.5 inches wide
It's important to know the size of the largest base cheese, I can then make a board to fit, anything from 14"-18". Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
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A standard 14 inch cheese board with Grapevine motif
Over the last few years I have been increasingly asked for a large cheese/bread board; 14" is a nice size to display several pieces of cheese. This one was made 11/01/2010 and has a motif of Grapevines and grapes.

14 inch cheese board

closeup of motif
To order one of these please contact me to discuss your requirements, choice of decoration etc.
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A 14" board. New decoration
This is an alternative to Grapes and can be added either side of a larger (14" upwards) board.

Tom & Hannah

New style decoration

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The 'Thief Taker'
This was an interesting commission!

Hardwood Truncheon

I was contacted by the Police and asked if I could carve this on a truncheon. It was to be presented as an annual Trophy to the policeman who made the most arrests in a certain county! I think it had been used, there were splits on the other side.
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A Bowl for Malta
This Bowl was commissioned in March 2009. My client wanted the address of his new home carved around the rim of a large Elm bowl.He decided it would look good if I could fit it on exactly twice, so that the two numbers were exactly opposite each other.

Carving the lettering

Oiled and waxed
I think the hardest part of the job was getting the inscription to fit exactly, it took a few attempts! The bowl is 13" in diameter and 3" top to base.
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Gaelic Breadboard commission
"give to us today our bread daily (of the day)"

Gaelic Breadboard

Close up of lettering
This is the first line of the "Lords Prayer" in Gaelic,14" wide by about 1.5" thick. A future antique/Heirloom perhaps?
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Dolphin Intarsia
Made on special commission

Dolphin Intasia

Dolphin Intasia close up
For these delightfull bottlenose dolphins I use Wych Elm , and Sycamore for the contrasting underbelly.
Our pod of dolphins in The Moray Firth are the largest in size of any dolphins in the world.
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Wych Elm Bowl, 50th anniversary.


This was turned from a beautiful piece of Wych Elm 3" thick.The overall diameter is about 15". Wych Elm is the only true native species of Elm to Scotland, and has a beautiful colour, rich caramel/chocolate with streaks of green too.
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The Steading
Mod Celtic style Oak Sign

The Steading

Closeup
This sign has chemical stained lettering, and an oiled finish. Over time it will weather down to a beautiful "driftwood grey" colour. No further maintenance required, it should last for a century or more.
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St Thomas More Breadboard
This is a present for a Priest who is due to retire.


As he likes to bake his own bread it was thought that a commemorative Breadboard would be an unusual and interesting gift.
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Oak Cross
Made on special commission

Commemorative Cross

Commemorative Cross
This Cross is carved in solid Green Oak, which has only been partially seasoned.It had no finish applied, and so will weather down to a beautiful driftwood grey colour, and will remian like that for a century or more.In fact the Oak will harden with exposure to the elements.
It is in a graveyard in Inverness.
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Fruit Bowl
made on special commission

Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl closeup
This was a joint effort with a Turner on the West coast, he turned the bowl, and I carved the lettering. I can now turn myself so would be able to make the whole thing from start to finish.
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A Trophy for Cromarty Sailing Club

Doris May Trophy

Closeup of Doris May
This is really a Breadboard, but I engraved a picture of The Doris May on it. The customer wanted an informal trophy for members of Cromarty sailing club.
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Elm Fruit Bowl
Made on special commission

Elm Fruit Bowl

Elm Fruit Bowl
This bowl is made from Wych Elm crotch wood and has the most amazing figure. I found it hard to let it go and wish i had kept it for myself! It is an absolute one off, but a similar bowl would be about £225
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Highland Field Centre Sign
Made on special commission

Highland Field Centre Sign

Closeup
This was my first attempt at a big sign, and was made from several pieces of Western Red Cedar laminated together.
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Oak House Sign
Made on special commission

McCallum name sign

McCallum name sign
This sign is made from Green Oak which is only partialy seasoned.Thickness 1.5" It's all one piece of wood. My brief was it had to be an old vintage car, so i chose a "Derby Bently" 1936 known as "The Silent Sports Car" No finish was applied, and the sign will be allowed to weather to a driftwood grey colour. This is the best way to treat Oak that is going to be outside, it also makes the sign maintenance free.With exposure to the elements it will gain a "patina" and in my opinion become more beautiful.
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Trug Fruit Bowl

Trug Fruit Bowl

Full of Fruit
I rather liked this, it was a simple design, made from one large piece of Wych Elm.
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House Sign
Made on special commission

Ellen's Cottage house sign


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Seagul Intarsia
Made on special commission

Seagul Intarsia

This is made from several different hard woods in a "3 dimensional jigsaw" which is Intarsia.
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Cymru Sign
Made on special commission

Cymru sign

Cymru sign

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