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No. 102

The Tewkesbury Abbey Green Man.

This is our latest Green Man miniature. You will find the original carving of this splendid Green Man at the western end of Tewkesbury Abbey nave. He's been a delight to carve and I hope you'll like him too. The first batches are now on sale through Tewkesbury Abbey shop. Online sales here very soon.

*** Now on sale at Tewkesbury Abbey! ***

No. 101

The Gloucester Cathedral Green Man.

This striking and handsome Green Man lives on the exterior of the main porch high above the entrance at Gloucester Cathedral. Virtually every visitor to the cathedral walks beneath him as he watches the passing of time and humanity. This is also our twentieth Green Man and to celebrate this achievement we felt something pretty special was called for - so here he is! This miniature has been made to the maximum size that will fit our standard presentation boxes, so you get a lot of Green Man for your money! As with our other Green Men, this one has a hanging loop, but he is also eminently suitable for "building into" a wall, fireplace, feature, etc. We hope you'll like him as much as we do.

*** Now on sale! ***

No. 100

The Gloucester Cathedral Stone Mason.

This delightful little fellow is to be found in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, nestling discreetly beneath a drip moulding. He takes a bit of hunting out if you don't know exactly where to find him, yet probably hundreds of visitors sit only a few feet from him as they pause to enjoy the sight of the cathedral soaring towards the sky - they might not all spot him, but he sees every one of them! He was carved, probably on the spur of the moment, by a stone mason as a little immortalising "signature", giving us a tiny glimpse of the thousands of forgotten men who created our architectural heritage using very simple technology and truly dazzling skill.

No. 99

The Winged Lion of St Mark.

The design of this lively carving is both sensitive and imaginative, its execution exquisite; the work of an expert stone mason. Given that there were probably relatively few lions around St Davids in the early 14th century to copy, this is a magnificent piece of work, the loose folds of flesh on the lion's hind quarters and his heavy, powerful paws are just perfect - and did a carved lion's face ever look more leonine?

No. 98

The Dragon of Wales.

This splendidly archetypal Welsh Dragon, has to be one of the oldest and most venerable of Welsh Dragons available today! The design of this delightful carving is wonderfully imaginative (the dragon looks as though he's stepped straight from the pages of a story book) and it is easy to forget that he's actually over 650 years old - but then, of course, Dragons do tend to live long lives in their homeland

No. 97

Three Hares.

This is another interpretation of the Three Hares image, in this instance the hares are really delightfully cuddly bunnies!

This ancient and enigmatic symbol depicts three hares prancing round each other. The essential and defining feature of the Three Hares image being that each hare shares its ears with its neighbours, joining them together and forming a central trefoil. There are only ever three ears. The Three Hares image is thought to be connected with the Green Man, though it has also been suggested that it represents the Trinity.

No.96

St Davids Green Man.

Our earliest Green man so far, this delightful piece of 12th century carving is contemporary with the carvings at Kilpeck church.

No. 95

Clee Baroque Green Man corbel.

This friendly, middle aged looking Green Man smiles benevolently down from his lofty position as a corbel on a private house. Little is known about this Green Man, but he is thought to date from the 18th, or possibly 19th, century. Corbels are load bearing stones which project, cantilevered out from the wall, to support structural elements of the building above. The visible part of the corbel is often carved, whilst the larger portion of the stone is embedded in the surrounding masonry, providing a stable and solid platform. Typically, corbels support floor or roof joists and when placed in a row are termed a "corbel course" or "corbel table".

No. 94

The Malvern Green Man roof boss.

This handsome bearded fellow formed the boss between eight converging vaulting ribs, his boldly carved foliage, springing in four separate sprigs, curves over and between the ribs to produce a pleasing symmetrical design accentuated by the four prominent "eyes" of folded foliage. Nothing is known about this Green Man, but the carving style is suggestive of 15th century work. Nowadays, long removed from his original location, he lives in a private garden. There is something about his appearance which, whilst I was working on him, constantly put me in mind of the actor Brian Blessed!

 

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