Railing Pattern

About Pollock Davies

Pollock Davies is a Patternmaker and Woodcarver based in Dumbarton, Scotland.

Ruth graduated from the Glasgow School of Art Sculpture Department in 2002, following this she took an interest in woodcarving and began learning in her spare time. In 2006 she began a two-year craft fellowship with Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation, Research and Education Department, studying Architectural Woodcarving and Patternmaking. The purpose of this fellowship was to help maintain and protect traditional building and craft skills in Scotland.

Over the course of these years Ruth was apprenticed to Robert Pollock of Pollock Products, Dumbarton. She also had the benefit of working in cast iron foundries, and an artist’s bronze foundry. The fellowship also offered the opportunity for study and travel, and Ruth completed various courses including specialist woodturning and wood machinist qualifications. Other highlights were spending time with the carvers at York Minster, studying the 14th century miserecords at Wells Cathedral, and Grinling Gibbons carvings around London and at Hampton Court Palace.

Since January 2008 Ruth has been self employed as a patternmaker and woodcarver, working alongside her mentor Robert Pollock. With high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail she has completed many and varied jobs – everything from architectural ironwork patterns such as fancy railings, balusters and finials, to carved plaques and signs in wood and fibreglass, to the more unusual such as a carousel headboard and a huge hedgehog to be cast as part of a public sculpture commission.

lanark bell

New Lanark Bell

A cold cast bronze and fibreglass replica of the original 1786 bell from New Lanark World Heritage Site. read more ›

clyde railing

Clydeside Balustrade

These new baluster panels reproduced the original lost and damaged ones and were fitted alongside the River Clyde opposite Glasgow Green, up to the weir. read more ›

Eastfield Crest

Eastfield Bowling Club Memorial Plaque

A commission to carve a commemorative plaque which was hand carved and painted to a design requested by the club's committee. read more ›

st vincent de paul

St Vincent De Paul Commemorative Plaque

A presentation plaque hand carved in oak, designed in partnership with the church representatives and presented for permanent display in their hall. read more ›