Unique training opportunity with sculptor

Scuptor Bruce Walkers with his apprentice Dave Sinclair in their workshop in Kirriemuir on Monday.
Scuptor Bruce Walkers with his apprentice Dave Sinclair in their workshop in Kirriemuir on Monday.

Customers of Bruce Walker in Kirriemuir are invited to his Christmas open afternoon at his Cumberland Close studio on Sunday.

The well-known and highly respected artist will be joined by Montrose based champion dry stone dyker Dave Sinclair who has been given the unique opportunity to train with Bruce for a year through a link up with Historic Scotland.

A selection of their work will be on sale on Sunday afternoon from 1.30 to 5 p.m.

Bruce said: “Dave is a champion dry stone dyker and I have known him for a long time. He is a mature student and I am bringing him on to a different level. I am trying to give him a five year apprenticeship in stone sculpture in one year. He is here 40 hours a week working with me under this special scheme with Historic Scotland where he receives a bursary.”

Bruce’s work is well-known throughout the country, with his most recent public piece of art being the memorial to the ill-fated Terra Nova Polar expedition which now sits proudly at Glen Prosen. The sculpture stands 10 feet tall and weighs around 15 tonnes. The design includes life-size figures of Captain Scott and Dr Wilson, penguins, huskies, Siberian ponies, a globe depicting their route from New Zealand to the Pole and impressions of two famous drawings made by Wilson during the expedition. Also included in the sculpture are two pieces of text, one written by Wilson describing the beauty of Antarctica and the other taken from Scott’s last letter, written as he lay dying in his tent on the way back from the Pole.

Bruce was one of the last to train as a true monumental sculptor in a granite yard in Aberdeen whilst studying at Gray’s School of Art and the local technical college. He moved to Angus in 1975, working firstly out of his studio at Kirkbuddo before moving to Kirriemuir.

He has developed his skills as an engraver and has carried out endless commissions for clients with his work found in homes the length and breadth of the country. His skills as sculptor and engraver are on public display in his imaginative millennium sculpture and his engraved commemorative plaques outside his shop in Cumberland Close.

Visitors to the shop on Sunday will be able to view one of Dave’s recent pieces of work, as well as a new range of Bruce’s engraved and coloured glass and granite sculptures. Mulled wine and home-made baking will be served.