|What is a roof boss?
What is a corbel?
A roof boss is the carved, protruding underside of the keystone forming
the meeting point between two or more vaulting ribs. The roof boss
itself, though extensively decorated, fulfils a structural role in
architecture - it is not merely a carved stone trinket. A roof boss
is essentially the key-stone that forms the meeting point of several
converging vaulting ribs, which are the load bearing arches supporting
the vaulting itself. You might find our Stone
Mason's Dictionary interesting.
A corbel is a load bearing stone which protrudes from the face of
a wall. The load is carried upon the part of the stone which is cantilevered
out, whilst the greater mass of the corbel is built into the wall
to stabilise it and provide strength. Corbels can often be found supporting
such elements of a building as beams, or a parapet which projects
proud of the wall below. You might find our Stone
Mason's Dictionary interesting.
Who is the Green Man?
Of what are the miniatures made?
See our Green Man Pages.
Who makes the miniatures?
A reconstituted stone of our own formulation which, in nearly every
case, contains stone removed from the relevant building.
Where did you acquire the skills?
All the work, from photographing the original carving, to putting
the finished miniature in its red box is done in our own workshops
by us. The only exception to this being the few hand painted specials
which have been painted
by porcelain painters Judith Grainger
and Jenny Fellows. Some of our earlier hand painted specials were
also painted by Ruth Jackson.
How accurate are the miniatures to the original
Martin began working as a stained glass artist for his father, Christopher
Webb, before training in silversmithing at Birmingham. He came into
stone masonry as a result of wood carving which had been a hobby.
Much of his time as a stone mason was spent in the West Midlands and
Oliver served an apprenticeship in stone masonry after a short time
working in a furniture repair workshop. Most of Oliver's time as a
stone mason was spent in the West Midlands, Wales and the Oxford area.
Latterly Oliver retrained in the making and repair of stained glass.
See Who We Are.
How long does it take to make a new miniature?
Extremely! We take very great pains to reproduce every detail and
feature as accurately and faithfully as is possible. On odd occasions
we have executed "repairs" where the original has been damaged
- as on our miniatures No.78
To what scale are the miniatures made?
This varies a bit, dependant upon the complexity of the carving,
though typically we would expect to put in 180 man hours on developing
a new miniature.
What size are the miniatures?
Various. The original carvings vary in size tremendously and if the
miniatures were made to a common scale some would be the size of dinner
plates and some the size of your thumb nail! To make the set more
logical we have made them all roughly the same sizes.
How much do the miniatures weigh?
Most fit into a presentation box 4 1/2 inches (12 cm) square. Nearly
every piece on this web site has its height specified on its catalogue
page. See About Our Miniatures.
How strong are the miniatures' nylon hanging
Their weights vary somewhat, though an average figure of 700 grams
per piece is a good guide. The Truro heads, however, are heavier -
about 1,200 grams including presentation box.
Are the miniatures unique?
The hanging loops may look flimsy, but rest assured, they actually
have a breaking strain of 9,050 grams or 20 lbs.
Who owns the copyright?
Yes, as far as we know! To the best of our knowledge no one else
has made such accurate miniatures of roof boss and corbel carvings.
How should the miniatures be displayed?
The owner of the original carving, of course, owns the copyright
to that carving, but since all our miniatures are hand made (not merely
casts taken from the original) we own the copyright to the miniatures.
All of our pieces have been made with the full cooperation of the
owners of the originals.
In any way you wish! We are constantly surprised and delighted to
see how people have incorporated our miniatures into their homes,
whether hanging up on the wall, or attached to some feature like a
fire place or actually built into the fabric of the building. Take
a look at our Gallery Pages.
Can the miniatures be used as candle holders?
Can the miniatures be placed outside?
Yes, but we recommend that the candles are not allowed to burn right
down to the surface of the miniature since, over time, this could
result in damage to the piece. See some. Always remember, never leave a candle unattended,
or positioned close to a curtain or other flammable materials.
What new pieces are you working on?
The miniatures may be placed outside. But it would be best to avoid
siting them in extremely frost-prone situations such as lying flat
on wet soil. Treat them as you would a piece of limestone or an earthenware
pot. See some.
How many complete collections are there out there?
Look at our New Lines Page.
How many miniatures are currently available?
To be honest, we don't really know. But since "complete"
would include the few discontinued lines, some of which (No.s 3, 4
and 13) were made only in small numbers, probably very few truly complete
sets exist. Excluding these rarities we know of about a dozen, but
I'm sure there are others.
Why are numbers 2, 3, 4, 13, and 47 unavailable
All, except catalogue numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13
The question I would like answered is not here!
No. 2 has been reworked as No.75. Nos. 3 and 4 were flat panels
of relief carving and didn't really fit in with the rest of the range
of miniatures as part of a "set". No. 13 has recently been
reworked as No. 86. No. 47 became No. 66 - differing in colour. Visit
our Online Museum.
Please email it to us, please
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