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Fantastic New Carvings at St Pancras Church

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Have you noticed the new carved ‘corbel’ heads at the base of the window arch to the right of the porch at St Pancras Church?
They are the work of Kingston stone carver and letter cutter Graham Alborough and were installed at the end of September 2012.
The two faces, male and female, in medieval wimple and snood headwear, were first modelled in clay then cast in plaster and finally carved in Ancaster Goldholme limestone. “The challenge was to find a design and a style that would complement the ancient carved heads on the window right beside it,” says Graham. “I’d walked past for so many years, taking my kids to school and looking at the empty ‘label stop moulding’, so I was delighted when Geoff took up my offer of creating something new but sympathetic to fill the gaps”.
Graham has recently set up as a stone carver after a 25-year career as a playwright and screenwriter (he has written several feature films and many favourite kids’ TV shows such as “Pingu”, “The Queen’s Nose”, and “Tracey Beaker”. “I wrote a play about a sign-writer, which led to an interest in lettering, and then an evening class in letter carving. Finally I took a two year postgrad in Historic Stone Carving at City and Guilds Art School.” Since completing his training, Graham has already had several significant successes including a commission to carve an animal grotesque for St George’s Royal Chapel at Windsor Castle and being chosen to exhibit at the Dome in Brighton. He is currently in negotiations to become the resident artist at the Sir John Soane Museum in London.
Graham has recently been working on figurative, animal and bird carvings and portrait sculpture (a life-size bust of Stephen Fry sits in his hallway) “but hand-carved lettering is probably my favourite,”
he says. “I’d like to specialize in artist-designed headstones and memorials, although adding a little something to the beautiful ancient Church in my own village is going to take some beating”.
Graham is available for all types of commissions in stone, check out his work www.alboroughstonecarving.co.uk