Carved from Forest-of-Dean stone approx 24 inches high
Sited in a field at Wem, Shropshire.
Memorial stone for John Hencher
Eric commissioned me to make a headstone for his wife, who is buried at Kilpeck church in Herefordshire.
Eric worked as a draughtsman on the designs for the Spitfire during the 2nd world war and both he and his wife were competent artists, so Eric had plenty of input on the design of the stone.
It’s a double plot and so Eric’s name is on the stone too!
He came to my studio in freezing weather and had a go at carving part of a rose and some background texture before the cold drove us indoors for a cuppa.
Not many people have the chance, or indeed desire to work on their own headstone, but Eric wanted to be part of the process and we shared a few laughs about it all.
work in progress at the studio
Headstone in place at Kilpeck March 2010
Sand-etched glass with Oak leaf motif.
The Grange Village at Newnham-on-Severn.