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Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part Three

In this third video the sculptor discusses his tools and technique for carving granite. Gradually the baby elephant is emerging from the stone, the trunk and ears now completed and the legs and body being formed.
See also the final video Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four. Go to right hand margin to Latest News on Video for the link.

Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part Two

In this short video watch the sculptor carve the ear of his Baby Elephant during which time he had an enforced six week break because of the artic conditions in Scotland.
See also Part Three and the final episode – Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four. Go to the right hand margin under Latest News on Video for the links.

Baby Elephant in a Snowstorm

Baby Elephant – granite sculpture in progress. Location – Cramond Kirk grounds, Edinburgh – December 2010.

Due to adverse weather conditions over the past few weeks the progress of the Baby Elephant has been curbed – hence one very frustrated sculptor! However he hopes to return to work as soon as he possibly can.

Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part One

This short video follows the sculptor in search of a stone in the quarry and back to Cramond Kirk his place of work. Includes unique footage of the sculptor in action carving granite. See three further episodes – Ronald Rae returns to carving granite Parts Two and Three and Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four. Go to right hand margin under Latest News on Video for the links.

Lions Clubs International meet at The Lion of Scotland Edinburgh

The Lions Clubs President, Sid Scruggs from North Carolina was in Edinburgh during September for the Lions Club International annual Board Meeting and to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland.

This short video records a more informal meeting with some of the Scottish Lions at Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland sculpture in St Andrew Square Edinburgh. Introduced by Howard Lee the meeting promoted their major campaign to collect used spectacles which are then repaired and sent to developing countries. Over 300,000 spectacles are distributed each year! Great work!

A giant pair of spectacles to fit the Lion sculpture was specially made for this event by Thomas Payne a post graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. The heavy rain that prevailed did not spoil the happy occasion.

Apologises for the poor sound quailty of this video due to the torrential rain bouncing off the umbrella that was needed to protect the camera.

Ronald Rae visits his earliest sculptures at Rozelle Park Ayr

In this recent film Ronald Rae talks about his granite sculptures sited at Rozelle Park Ayr which portray The Tragic Sacrifice of Christ. The granite for the centre piece, The Deposition, came from Kirkmabreck Quarry in Creetown. This was his first monumental work. The granite for the remaining sculptures came from the Old Harbour wall in Ayr. The project was funded by Kyle and Carrick District Council and unveiled in 1979 by George Younger, then Secretary of State for Scotland.

Rozelle Park is open all year round. It offers beautiful woodland walks, two art galleries with changing exhibitions, a high quality craft shop, a coothie tearoom and of course the sculptures. Well worth a visit.

Ronald Rae at his Falkirk Wheel Exhibition Part One

Ronald Rae now has ten sculptures on exhibition at The Falkirk Wheel in Central Scotland where the Forth, Clyde and Union Canals meet. The exhibition is free.The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, a masterpiece in engineering. In this video Ronald Rae talks about his most poignant works in the exhibition. Two of the five sculptures in this video are no longer at the Wheel. St.Francis moved to the NTS Threave Gardens near Dalbeattie on temporary loan. Due to the generosity of NTS members George and Sue Thomas it will now be remaining at Threave indefinitely. Man of Sorrows has been bought by a private collector down south.

Ronald Rae with his sculptures on the Isle of Eriska

Ronald Rae has two sculptures, the Horse and Highland Cow, sited on the beautiful Isle of Eriska in Argyll. Each sculpture has a unique setting – the Horse is on the edge of the nine hole golfcourse with the stunning back drop of Loch Linnhe, and on the wilder west side of the island with distant views of the mountains of Mull, the Highland Cow is never alone having two donkeys for friends. Guests who stay in the five star Isle of Eriska Hotel are fortunate enough to have a private view of the sculptures whilst playing a round of golf or on one of the many Nature walks round the 300 acre island.