Ancient stone art Hi my name is Les and I work as an artist of ancient stone art. I am a new blogger to see if this will help stimulate interest in my work as a sculptor of ancient stone art. You would think a web site would be enough to explain the work, however I think the problem is my work is not understood when seen just on a computer monitor. I know from experience in selling my work at the Edinburgh festival for the past six years that I have to engage with people to let them know what it is they are looking at. My neighbour at the fair on the other hand was selling ceramic frogs and lizards, and he never had to say anything, because it is very clear what he was selling, no explanation required. I felt at times the wish not to have to speak about my work to sell it. There were some infrequent occasion's where a purchase was made without a word. I have also thought that my work is of consequence and probably deserves some comment. Anyway if you are not bored by my wittering please have a look at my web site and let me engage with you to try and sell you a piece of ancient art. My web address is All the images have been carved in stone so as to make the rubbing of the image onto cloth. The cloth images are sold as hand made beeswax rubbings. The others are photographic paper prints in two sizes A4 and A3 and for folk elsewhere in the world that translates into 30 x 21 cm and 42 X 30 cm or 11.3/4 inch X 8.1/4 inch and 16.1/2 inch X 11.3/4 inch The prints are window mounted and they all get a little story on the back giving some historical background. They come bagged in polypropylene which is a hard waring clear bag. It is best that the picture is eventually framed. I do not offer this because of the additional costs in materials and postage. I have found that framing is very personal and can be dependent on the decor on where the picture will be hung. The picture above is of a Pictish warrior drinking from a bird headed horn. He looks as if he has had a lot to drink given the size of the horn and his poor horse looks old and worn out. The bird headed horn is similar in style to other such horns found in La Tene at the east end of Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland. This is a prehistoric settlement from the iron age dating to around the 5th century BC. Could this horn be from this period and has been handed down or is it just coincidence and was more recently made. It is one of the odd Pictish stones, because it solely focuses on one person and conveys a real sense of humour. Why would such a large stone be carved and at some financial cost? The original stone is appr 5 or 6 ft high and is from Invergowrie near Dundee, and is on display and in the care of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Hope you have found my first blog interesting which may stimulate future sales for Christmas, birthdays or just special occassions. Cheers Les Reid