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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+00:00 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+00:00 May 16th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments


 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 [...]

By | 2012-05-16T12:57:50+00:00 May 16th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

The Garden Gallery, Summer Exhibition

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  [...]

By | 2012-04-16T17:07:35+00:00 April 16th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

The River of Life Memorial, Little Missenden Church

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 [...]

By | 2012-04-10T18:25:52+00:00 April 10th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

'MY GENERATION' Portland Stone Standing Stone

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 [...]

By | 2012-03-27T16:43:10+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

portland stone hand carved relief wall sundial

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.  [...]

By | 2012-03-27T16:32:08+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Martin's Blog|0 Comments