Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Knights Protector.

A little different from what i usually make but this little chap is mounted on the wall next to our front door in his own little shelter.

                    The wood is English 17th Century Oak fitted together using solid brass dowels.

The small knight is carved from the tip of a deer antler and sits perfectly in his little shelter watching over everyone who enters.

                                                      Have a a great week everyone    Tony.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Ivory Box.

Not quite completed yet but i thought i would post some photos anyway and maybe seek some opinions on what i could put inside it. The box is made from ivory which i cut into 1mm slices and then applied to an oak carcass.Dimensions are 45mm x 20mm x 20mm.

The lid is not attached with hinges, but is just a lift off lid.Once i have an idea of what i will place inside then i will complete the interior decoration to. This will be my last piece of work for a couple of weeks as next weekend I'm taking a short break to the coast but hopefully will return with fresh ideas and plenty of enthusiasm to start again.

I'm quite amazed how many followers i seem to be gathering, a warm welcome to all of my new ones and thank you for taking an interest in my work. I'm thinking that maybe my first giveaway is on the cards!! Stay tuned. Remember if you have any ideas as to what i can put inside the box drop me a line.
                                                  Have a great week everyone.           Tony.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

The Head Of The Beast.

I had fun making this piece, I've seen many weird and wonderful remains of so called beasts and animal oddities that i decided to have a go at making my own.

Aptly named the head of the beast, the story goes that the remains of this specimen were found in woodland at Elmhurst Hall in 1764, the beast had apparently been blamed for the slaughter of 3 game keepers in previous years. The cause of death was unknown.

                      Engraving of Elmhurst hall c1874 Where the Cabinet was found in storage.

The Cabinet is made entirely of Oak and then lacquered, i then chipped off pieces of lacquer to give a look of age and of an item of furniture that had been hidden away for many years.

                               The Latin script at the bottom of the cabinet simply translates to
                                 Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts

            I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all of my new followers and for all the comments i have received on the pieces i make it truly is inspiring.
Also many thanks to all the fellow miniaturist who have purchased pieces of my work from me including  Brae (Otterine) who purchased the very first Miniature piece of work i made. I'm sure it will look just perfect in your Haunted House, please check out here awesome work you wont be disappointed.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Wonderous Wunderkammer.

Ive been exceptionally busy over the last week or so and have not really had much free time to concentrate on miniatures, my grandson stayed with us over the weekend, he looks forward to seeing what I'm working on and sometimes watching me make them.
Because i have not taken any photographs of the new piece I'm presently working on i thought id share a photograph of a piece i made quite a while back.

I called this piece ''Time waits for no one'' The time piece mounted in the top of the skull is french and still actually ticks if it is wound. Everything used to produce this piece of work with the exception of the skull came from watch and clock components. This piece of work will remain in my own collection. Dimensions are 55mm in height, and the glass dome is 25mm wide.
Over the last month or so Ive been asked a few times if i intend to build a dolls house of some sort, i have been making notes and drawing the odd sketch here and there when i get an idea but i have come to the conclusion that what i want is not really a full blown 1/12 scale house so I'm concentrating all my ideas now into just one room, a wunderkammer room.

Ive not decided yet if this will be built into a cabinet or if it will be something like a free standing box I'm still toying with ideas in my head.What i am sure of is that it will be quit large these rooms were like museums and it will  contain plenty of miniature wonders and oddities as well as fossils and miniature mineral specimens.
I will post progress and ideas on this from time to time,Alternatively if you have any ideas you would like to share then please feel free to leave a comment.

            A warm welcome to my new followers, many thanks for taking and interest in my works
                                              Have a great week everyone.      Tony.