Bruce carves out a name as a speaker

The stunning monument to Captain Scott and Dr Wilson at the head of Glen Prosen, created by Kirriemuir sculptor Bruce Walker.
The stunning monument to Captain Scott and Dr Wilson at the head of Glen Prosen, created by Kirriemuir sculptor Bruce Walker.

Kirriemuir Heritage Trust is fortunate in having the first talk of 2013 session from one of its own members.

Although Bruce Walker is probably best known locally for glass engraving he will concentrate on his stone carving skills. The talk will take place in the Kirriemuir Old Parish Church Hall tonight (Wednesday, February 6) at 7.30 p.m.

Bruce established a studio at the Old School at Kirkbuddo in 1975. In 1997 he moved to Kirriemuir and opened his studio in Cumberland Close.

Bruce will focus on the art of stone carving, featuring 15 of his local projects, from his first sculpture in Kirriemuir - the town crest on the museum, which he carved in 1983 - to last year’s stunning memorial sculpture to Captain Scott/Dr. Wilson in Glenprosen which was unveiled in December.

Bruce took eight months to carve it out of over tons of lump hard Craigenlow granite.

So the talk is a particularly appropriate one to start the session.

His illustrated talk to the Heritage Trust will feature many of his smaller sculptures, which will be of interest as they are mainly in private collections.

Bruce has been engraving glass for 45 years and has pieces throughout Britain and many foreign countries.

He will cover his career from a four-year apprenticeship as a monumental mason with William McKay & Sons in Aberdeen, where he developed skill as a stone carver to his international status today. Bruce developed the technique of diamond hand-engraving on polished black granite – and this talk is a rare opportunity to find out some of the lost secrets of the art of masonry carving. Non members welcome.