During lockdown, we took the opportunity to clear out my old workshop that had become very cluttered with old projects and other things - mainly because health problems had dictated that I work indoors for a large part of the year. Among large amounts of rubbish - all kinds of things kept because they might come in useful one day - I discovered the above carving - or at least the large piece of lime that I had blocked out and sketched out, with the intention of carving a large Last Supper.
It was started many years ago, because a client from the US had expressed an interest in such a carving. A little while later, he decided that he didn't want it (it hadn't been a firm commission) so I shelved it and got on with other things. There it was, drawn out and blocked out and just asking to be worked on.
I've been working on it, slowly but surely, for some weeks now, right through my 'shielding' time. But there is quite a lot more work to be done on it. I had to rig up a sloping carving station so that I can work on it from my wheelchair, and I'm really hoping to get it to a stage where I can work on it indoors before winter returns, when it will be too cold for me to work at the bottom of the garden.
It's quite a long time since I did any carving at all, even though that used to be my main occupation. I can't begin to tell you how much I'm enjoying working on this!
I'd like to find a good home for it when it's finished - perhaps a church or religious foundation. I'll send it anywhere in the world. Don't hesitate to enquire about measurements, price etc.
Watch this space for news of sales and forthcoming exhibitions too!