Andrew J Downie, Stone-carver

 Welcome, I began carving stone after the death of my father. In his shed I found two rose wood mallets turned from crown green bowling balls. The mallets belonged to my Grandfather who carved gravestones from the late 1920's to the 1960's. After school I would visit him, he could be found rain or shine in either the small shed that was his workplace or in the cemetery. If you couldn't see him you could hear him. I decided to have a go. I was instructed by Hannah Soefar and Paul Crabtree of the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust. Each year I spend time with these exceptional sculptors, and work the beautiful Portland Stone.  The stone is white and looks fantastic with the sun on it. The light casts strong shadow on the stone so the detail is highlighted.

 

 

I have a general idea of what it is that I wish to produce and I choose a piece of stone that will lend itself to that idea. However, things can change and evolve determined by things as diverse as light and mood.

I have had work exhibited in The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead, at Brimstage on the Wirral and at the Hoylake Festival of Firsts.

I have carved memorial stones, celebration lettering, hands, greenmen, lizards, dragons, faces and sun dials, whatever takes my fancy. Some things can takes as little as a couple of days, some things can lie half carved for months. Some of the preparation time is spent looking at the stone with a mug of good coffee in my hand, a part of the whole process I particularly enjoy.

I look forward to speaking with you.