Caithness stone lichen covered pendant. Click on this image to learn more about my stone work.

My Great Auntie Isobel sitting on an AJS. This is not the reason for this photo on my front page, although I do think she is fabulous. It is my Great Grandfather David Bain who is standing proud in the background at the Pavement works at Thurso east. I love hearing about the old methods of working with these large pieces of stone. Stone which paves many cities around the world. His brother Donnie was also a stone mason. I only discovered this a year after I started working with Caithness stone. I wonder if we are drawn towards materials instinctively?

A flagstone fence. It is something so normal to local folk that I bet it is never even noticed. Imagine having such abundance of stone to hand that you can surround every field with it, in large solid slabs. That in itself is luxury.

Scratch art, or Scratchboard, or even Scratchito.  The art of scratching Indian Ink off china clay to create fine works of art that often look like linocut.

There is a few worthy notes about this piece. Firstly that the gold part of the ring was made from my mothers 9ct gold watch. Secondly, the slab of stone is from Scotscalder quarry which has a wonderful collection of plant fossils. I have treated the stone to reveal the layers and it has created a landscape which otherwise would not have been noticed.

These are very popular cufflinks. Highly polished silver sets off the etched flagstone perfectly.

This is a fabulous picture of various relatives picnicking on the beach. It is up for debate why they are all holding up eggs but I think that it must be Easter and they had just been rolling them. We still do this on occasion. My memories of picnics in Caithness are of us all, usually wearing cagoules or parkas zipped up, sheltering beside a wall, out of the wind, with cheese sandwiches and diluting juice. Beachcombing was also a major part of our outings.

A simple circular cut piece of Caithness stone. There are sparkly pieces in it when you look close and you can see the landscape in it too, if you use your imagination.