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Andrew Tanser

Portland stone Dragon

I have had many years' experience as a commercial Stone/Wood Carver and Sculptor, working on many of the UK's most prestigious buildings, training as an apprentice from the age of 16 in 1981, giving me a thorough grounding in carving skills and techniques.

My projects include: a Statue of a modern Martyr for Westminster Abbey, a 14" Jade water buffalo, and sculpture work exhibited and sold in the Royal Academy summer show.

Training as a product designer in 1986/9, I subsequently worked with Addison Design Consultants in London 1990/1.
I am happy to show my work and discuss the commissioning of new pieces.

I started carving at 13 years old with Rattee and Kett Cambridge, in my school holidays. I showed promise and at 16 years old I was taken on as the first apprentice for 12 years. During my Apprenticeship starting in 1981, I've worked on many of the UK's most prestigious buildings, giving me a thorough and invaluable grounding in carving skills and techniques.

This combination of top quality traditional and contemporary training (as a designer) makes me, I believe, unique in being able to field all the skills necessary to enable a carving project from research to completion at the highest standards.

work areas include -

  • Carving
  • Design and development of Contemporary ornamental styles
  • Lettering - opening plaques and memorials
  • Garden ornament ie Bird Baths, Water features, fountains etc.

"To become a master carver not only requires a raw natural talent and many years of practice, but above all the ability to develop these artistic skills using a variety of materials to recreate the various architectural styles used throughout the ages. Through his unique training and involvement with some of the most prestigious restoration projects and demanding new commissions, Andrew Tanser has reached the pinnacle of his craft and now ranks as one of the leading carvers and sculptors in the country."
Vic Franklin. Former Restoration Director at Rattee & Kett. 1999

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