The pressures imposed by the elements on sculptural work that spends a life at sea are immense. A knowledge of this environment is fundamental in creating work that is both decorative and robust. The vulnerability to damage through the manoeuvres of anchoring, sailing, berthing and so forth must also be taken into account.
In considering the aesthetic qualities of such work, I feel it is important to create ornamentation that compliments the lines and beauty of a vessel rather than overshadowing it. This is particularly important when adding decorative work to an existing yacht, where It is all too easy for such work to appear as an after thought, rather than merging seamlessly with the designer’s original concept.
From a simple nameboard to the carving of a figurehead, all my work is carved by hand using traditional tools. Machine cut lettering leaves work devoid of life and sculpture lacking the subtlety and creative expression manifest through human touch. In producing replica work, it is the only way to create period pieces with a true feel of authenticity.