Last year Martin Cook had great success with his Artisan Garden, 'A Literary Garden'. This year he has not designed a show garden but is exhibiting on a trade stand. The Stand number is PLW8. Martin, and his son Matthew will there throughout the week demonstrating carving of a commission in progress. This year among [...]
This week Martin installed this beautiful Welsh slate and oak bench in the garden of a private client in Buckinghamshire.
One of Martin's beautiful lettered oak benches is part of the Summer exhibition at the Garden Gallery in Stockbridge, Hampshire. The exhibition is open to the public 17 May - 21 July on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11-5. Martin Cook has exhibited at the Garden Gallery summer show for several years. It is held in [...]
On Easter Sunday the The River of Life Memorial was dedicated by The reverend John Simpson. It comprises of three upright stones representing the Three Persons of the Trinity and is bound together by the Word of God. It is intended as a focal point in the Garden of Remembrance for the burial of [...]
This Summer Martin's work can be seen around the country in various exhibitions. He will be showing pieces at the Dadbrook Gallery in Thame, Oxfordshire. Also The Garden Gallery, Hampshire and The Bow House Gallery in Barnet. I will post details of the pieces Martin is showing and exhibition dates later on this [...]
Among Martin's passions in life are music, art and poetry. He recently produced a Portland stone standing stone that reflected all three. He wrote a poem which included all the great song titles from his youth and carved it into a huge piece of Portland stone. Click on this post to see the [...]
Last year Martin met a client at Hampton Court Flower Show. This client lived very close to Hampton Court in an old listed cottage. Originally there had been a large wall sundial on the front face of the cottage, unfortunately it was mindlessly stolen. Martin was commissioned to recreate the original dial from old photographs. [...]
Martin is currently working on a cumbrian green slate panel of standing stones for little missenden churchyard. You can see martin beautiful hand drawn design for the piece. The tree of life and the verse are all hand carved in the traditional way with hammer and chisel.
Martin was recently commissioned by Downing Street to carve 4 portland stone panels commemorating the life of Lord Mountbatten. The plaque were unveiled last week by the daughter of Lord Mountbatten. The event was attended by Downing Street staff and members of the family.
THIS SUMMER MARTIN WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE BUCKS OPEN STUDIOS. HE WILL BE EXHIBITING ALONG SIDE OTHER LOCAL ARTISTS AT WYCOMBE COURT HOUSE IN LANE END. HE WILL BE SHOWING HIS GARDEN CARVINGS SUCH AS SUNDIALS, BENCHES AND STANDING STONES. ALL HIS HAND CARVED PIECES ARE MADE FROM NATURAL BRITISH STONE WELSH SLATE, PORTLAND [...]