Nick Clarke: Cabinet maker and furniture designer

Relief carvings

Green man

Relief carvings are shallow, almost two-dimensional carvings. George and the dragon are carved in a piece of black walnut only half an inch thick.

Such carvings can be used in a variety of situations: St George is on the door of a corner cabinet; the vine and wheat is a memorial - it is to be the door of a small cupboard in a church (an aumbry); and if I ever get round to completing the green man, it will hang on the door of my garden shed.

The fantastical beasts with leafy tails are copied from an Anglo-Saxon font in a local church: I don’t know if they may be found in any bestiary or if the mason just made them up. The pictures are details of a bookcase, the whole of which appears on the ‘Dressers’ page.