This public stone carving competition made an interesting change from woodcarving. It was also a chance to carve alongside my brother Duncan Park, who works with stone.
I wouldn’t say that my piece was anywhere near the standard of many of the other competitors, but tackling an accurate portrait in a fairly unfamiliar material, in public, to a tight deadline was challenge enough! It was great fun and the weather was fantastic too.
The ‘Inspired’ exhibitions are curated by the very talented furniture maker Sue Darlison.
The quality of the work by other exhibitors has always been very good indeed, with a particular personal high point being the chance to show in 2013 alongside the renowned furniture maker John Makepeace. He founded Parnham College, which has had a huge effect on contemporary British furniture design.
I also had the chance to show there alongside David Colwell, whose environmentally-aware approach to design has also had a huge effect on design in this country, both through his own work and with Trannon furniture.