by Matt Caines

Welcome to my blog and website. Here you’ll find news of weekly evening classes and special weekend workshops, images of new carvings, prints and other snippets of information concerning the world of stone, wood and bone.

Occasionally, I will blog about sources of inspiration or writers and artists who I’m looking at, and include images of things that I find relevant or moving.

I like to work using hand tools as much as I can and feel that the ongoing interaction with the material should dictate the direction of the carving. Even when one uses models as a starting point, there is still a journey with that particular piece of stuff which can take you to places that you never thought it would.

Whilst most of my work is stone based, I have recently started producing scrimshaw and bone and antler sculptures too. I only use shed antler and collect found bone. Recently I collaborated on a carving in Blue Whale bone and I would like to state that this was a piece found by Inuit local to that area of Arctic Canada.