|Martin and Oliver Webb Fine Stone Miniatures. Museum quality medieval stone carvings in miniature. Green Men, Angels, cathedral roof bosses and corbels.|
Traditional crafts, building practices and materials
Here are a variety of links to sites which we hope will be of interest and use to you. Click on the underlined text.
Misericord carving reproductions.
Oakapple Designs Ltd If you like our miniatures, or are a fan of things medieval (angels, green men, dragons and mythical beasts and so on), you'll enjoy the work of Oakapple Design who specialise in making accurate copies of ecclisiastical wood carvings.
Letter design and cutting.
Caroline (a first cousin of Oliver's) has been running her own bespoke lettercarving workshop since 1984. She specialises in designing and carving public, private and architectural inscriptions in stone, slate and wood to the highest standard. She has worked as a collaborator with the poet and sculptor Ian Hamilton Finlay for many years, contributing to major exhibitions. Caroline has designed medals for the Royal Mint and lettering for stamps for the Royal Mail. She has given lectures to the Association Typographique International, to Letter Exchange and has taught lettering at the University of Reading. She is a full elected member of The Art Workers Guild and Letter Exchange.
Christopher Rahere Webb, stained glass artist (1886 - 1966).
To find out more about Christopher Webb and his work, please visit the Stained Glass Museum at: Christopher Webb
Aston Webb, architect (1849 - 1930).
To find out more about Sir Aston Webb, please visit the excellent site by Tina Bird at: Aston Webb
Calligraphy, illumination and heraldry.
Christine Oxley is a superb calligrapher based a few miles from our home. She undertakes varied commissions as well as running excellent workshops in calligraphy at a variety of levels. Christine has been teaching calligraphy since the early 1980s.
Building Contractors and Conservation.
Capps and Capps Ltd are a Herefordshire based firm specialising in the repair of old buildings. The range and quality of work undertaken by them is impressive Oliver worked for Capps and Capps Ltd in their stone masonry department for some twelve years, latterly as senior workshop mason.
Traditional Oak Doors and Furniture.
Charles Weston and Sons are a local family business. Specialists in hand-making really beautiful range of ledged oak interior doors with a distressed and waxed finish which have a totally convincing patina of age. In addition to the doors they can make and supply some of the best period door hinges and latches I've seen.
Leominster Building Supplies This is our local builders' merchant. Privately owned and run, the service and range of products are always excellent.
F.J.Williams, Hay on Wye is family run, helpful, knowledgable and friendly, with just about everything known to mankind in stock.
Stone Masons and carvers
www.stonemasonsarch.com is the web site of A.J.Rogac Ltd. Tony is a long standing friend and worked with Martin in the early 1980s. He emigrated to Canada in the mid 1980s and has established a very successful stonemasonry business there. The quality of their work is exceptionally high and we are proud to be able to recommend them.
Sydney Stoneworks High quality carving and banker-work in Australia. Take a look at their excellent website.
Malcolm Hopcraft is a freelance sculptor, designer and furniture maker with a wide range of experience, he's particular interested in eco-friendly products and work. Malcolm worked as a stone mason with Martin during the late 1970s and we've kept in contact ever since. Take a look at some of his excellent work.
Chris James, stone mason, is a specialist in all aspects of restoration, renewal and conservation of both limestone and sandstone masonry work. Chris has many years of experience working in the stone masonry trade and has worked on a wide spectrum of projects, including Hereford Cathedral, Pershore Abbey and Keble College, Oxford. Chris and Oliver Webb worked together for some ten years and it is a real pleasure to recommend him and his work.
firstname.lastname@example.org is the e-mail address for Toni Bassi of St. Clements Stone Masonry, a web-site is under construction and is due soon. St. Clements undertake all types of stonework and are renown for their high standards. Toni Bassi was a colleague of Oliver Webb for many years working for an independent stonemasonry specialist and we are very pleased to be able to recommend Toni and his company to you.
www.ohmysoul.org is the web site of New York based carver Tim de Christopher. The site contains many photographs of his work, which is inspired by both classical and contemporary themes with an architectural flavour.
www.aboutstone.org is the web site of the Stone Directory. This is a very comprehensive and extremely useful resourse for anyone wanting to locate stone or craftsmen, or simply learn more about the materials and the trade. Highly recommended.
Mortars, lime products and eco-friendly building materials
www.lime.enta.net This is the home of Calch Ty-Mawr Lime, Wales' largest supplier of traditional building lime products to the building trades and individuals involved in restoring old buildings. Nigel and Joyce Gervis have developed a great expertise in the field of traditional lime mortars and lime wash and environmentally friendly paints. They are able to analyse and match existing mortars, essential for a sympathetic restoration where the building's integrity and aesthetics are not to be compromised through use of inappropriate modern cement based material. We have personally worked with the Gervises and they have our wholehearted recommendation.
www.jimbudd.co.uk Jim Budd Stained Glass' work encompasses all aspects of stained glass and leaded-light work. Jim's work ranges from the design, making and fitting of new stained glass windows, through contemporary slab glass work to the delicate conservation of medieval windows. Jim has worked extensively on Hereford Cathedral and his work is to be found in many parish churches up and down the country. As yet there is no web-site, but you can e-mail Jim Budd Stained Glass at the address above. Oliver Webb has worked extensively with Jim Budd on many projects over the years and we are delighted to recommend him.
email@example.com is the e-mail address of Tim Gibbs, silversmith. Tim undertakes all types of repair and restoration work to antique silver, including mother of pearl, tortoise-shell, ivory and glass work. He works extensively with the silver trades in London and Birmingham and specialises in work on regimental silverware. Oliver Webb has collaborated with Tim on a number of projects and we are very pleased to recommend him to you.
www.craftmaker.co.uk This site offers a wonderful opportunity for craftsmen and women to display their work in a gallery type environment and as such is highly useful both to makers of crafts and people wishing to find quality items made by genuine people. This is a highly useful and interesting resource and would recommend it to buyers and makers alike.
Craftsman Magazine A well produced and professional magazine covering a wide spectrum of high quality work.
Steeplejacks' Corner. If you've ever wondered just what it is like to work up in the air, take a look here. This is seriously high stuff - fabulous photographs and fascinating text.
www.fam-english.demon.co.uk/building.htm is a very extensive database of links to sites connected with building work, materials, suppliers, etc.
Building Conservation Directory. Established in 1992 by Elizabeth Coyle-Camp, Gordon Sorensen and Jonathan Taylor in response to the lack of information on products and services for the conservation of historic buildings.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation Representing professionals and specialists involved in the conservation and preservation of the historic environment.
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