The Father’s Day Gift: Multipurpose Roofed Slate Sign

shed as pictThe man and his shed;… according to Wikipedia… The Shed appeals to the culture of “blokes” who do woodwork or metalwork DIY projects in their sheds…. At Slate & Nature we received a request to make something for Father’s Day related to a ‘just finished project; Daddy’s Den. As the nation is already ‘stuffed’ with ‘roped’ signs, Gerard needed to make his version on the matter; a multipurpose roofed slate sign (Engraved or Blank). For the customer it was engraved towards 6 different uses (from Closed, Working, Beer O’Clock, Guest Suite, Mummy’s…) but can be used for Timing; I am back at … 5…20 min, Activities; Rooms to… clean, tidy, hoover…. Endless possibilities. Enjoy your Father’s Day!

multipurpose roofed slate sign copy

Summer fairs

After the Ideal Home show in Glasgow, a few weeks to go till our next event;overall with G

The Scottish Game fair in Scone – Fr.Sat.&Su. 1-3 July                               Craftfair Stonor Park (nr. Henley-on-Thames) Fr. till Mo. 26-29 Aug.  Malvern Autumn Show – 24-25 September.  

Although there will be somebody at home most of the times, our studio will be closed because all our stock will be at the fairs! But you are very welcome in between the fairs to enjoy a coffee and/or a tea -break- at our Riverside terrace!





Enjoying the Dark Skies; the Zodiac Lamp

Dark Sky Designation! S&N is situated in a fortunate dark sky area. We love our diamond stars and like to ‘translate them into our live at earth’. Sometimes it can be cloudy and we still would like to enjoy a ‘sparkling’ sky line; hence I made a ‘universe’ lamp’, the Zodiac, showing the 12 constellations we can observe over the months of the year. 1 zodiac full view pictureThe lamp is divided in three parts (a 360 degrees skyline) 4 copyThe elliptic table has the shape of Earth’s orbit travel (according to Keppler) around the sun (center = the pole of driftwood) during each calendar year. 3 table sectionOn the table edge each (your) month is engraved; starting at your month, edge, follow your line to the sun (the pole), through sky viewing or looking up (at bottom of the lamp) you will find your star sign (zodiac constellation) on the lamp. Also on the table the equinox & solstice and the sun/earth distance (aphelium & perihelium) is engraved as also the seasons are indicated to explain our relation to Nature & the Universe. When you are interested in stargazing, visiting the Kielder Observatory have a look at our special Zodiac Sculpture less than 10 miles at our riverside studio  in West Woodburn, Northumberland.