How I Work
At one time every major port would have had a ships carver to provide the decorative work, which by the end of the 1600's constituted a considerable proportion of the ships building costs. Such work requires close co-operation with the ship builder, necessitating a good knowledge of construction techniques and an awareness of the pressures imposed by the elements on sculptural work when at sea.
In 1990 I established Maritima in an effort to keep alive this almost lost art. Over the years I have built up an extensive library of reference material relating to ship decoration and worked with many experts in the field of historic ships. Practical experience has also been gained not only in sailing such ships, but also in evaluating what effect the passage of time has had on carvings that have spent many years at sea and how they may impede the practicality of sailing such ships.
From a simple nameboard to a museum piece restoration, all my work is carved by hand using traditional tools, to create work of the highest quality and to replicate work for period pieces with a true feel of authenticity.
In designing my own work, I feel it is important to create a form that compliments the lines and beauty of a vessel and try to avoid over shadowing the underlying form with excessive gilding of the lily. This is particularly important when adding decorative work to an existing yacht, it is all too easy for such work to appear as if it has been stuck on as an after thought if the underlying concept of the design has not been appreciated.