Yearly Archives: 2012


Slate sundial by Martin Cook featured in Grand Designs

Slate sundial by Martin Cook with hand carved verseThis slate sundial featured in the garden of this weeks edition of Grand Designs. It was designed and hand carved by Martin Cook. The contemporary house on the banks of the River Thames created a look of debate. Some loved it, others hated.  Regards of personal opinion it [...]

By | 2012-10-12T12:51:21+01:00 October 12th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Lettered Oak bench – Grand Designs Channel 4

Lettered oak bench carved by Martin Cook for Grand DesignsMartin Cook's sculptural lettered oak bench was featured in this weeks edition of Grand Designs.  The camera sweeps the beautiful contemporary garden of the riverside home in Henley, lingering on the lettered oak bench which was designed and hand carved in Martin Cook's Buckinghamshire studio.

By | 2012-10-12T11:08:48+01:00 October 12th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Welsh Slate Standing Stone for Savill Garden – Crown Estates press release

The standing stone, made from Welsh slate, which carries a verse from the Robert Graves poem 'The cool web' acts as a destination drawing visitors into the garden and amongst the swathes of scented roses in Summer. The reverse of the standing stone acknlowledges all those involved with the Rose Garden project and [...]

By | 2012-10-12T10:43:47+01:00 October 12th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Welsh slate monolith for Savill Garden by Martin Cook

Welsh slate monolith for Savill Garden by Martin Cook This hand carved Welsh slate monolith standing stone has been privately commissioned to mark the completion of the planting of The Queens rose garden at Savill Garden.  The work is carried out at Martin Cook's Buckinghamshire studio where be produces garden carving made from [...]

By | 2012-08-09T14:11:08+01:00 August 9th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Martin Cook will be exhibiting at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show again this year.  You can meet him on stand PK103.  There will be an on going demonstration of hand carving throughout the show. Martin Cook Studio will be exhibiting a collection of garden carvings, standing stone, sculptural oak benches and sundials.  All with hand carved [...]

By | 2012-06-29T15:33:33+01:00 June 29th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Hand carved Madonna and Child in Cumbrian slate

Martin Cook has recently been commissioned by a private client to hand carve this beautiful Madonna and Child.  It has been carved into the best Cumbrian green slate. Martin's client is a fan of Barbara Hepworth and asked that Martin carve it similar to her style.  Martin is also a great fan of Hepworth and [...]

By | 2012-06-29T14:36:44+01:00 June 29th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments


There has been a lot of interest in this Portland stone standing stone displayed at Chelsea Flower Show.  As requested I have some more information.  The piece is approximately 7' 6" tall x 8" x 12".  It is has been designed, drawn and carved by hand with hammer and chisel. The letters have been painted in the red and [...]

By | 2012-05-21T17:08:58+01:00 May 21st, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Bucks Open Studios 9th – 24th June 2012

For the first time Martin is exhibiting in the Bucks Open Studios along with seven other talented artists.  The exhibition is to be held at Wycombe Court House, Church Road, Lane End HP14 2HG.  Martin will be showing several hand carved pieces in oak and natural British stone such as Welsh slate, Portland stone and Cumbrian [...]

By | 2012-05-16T16:33:49+01:00 May 16th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments