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.


Heraldic Crests

Examples of hand carved family crests made as patterns for casting. read more ›


Fairground Carousel

A carved headboard pattern for lifting fibreglass replicas to run around a fairground carousel. read more ›


Robert Burns Portrait

This pattern was commissioned for Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and was copied from the famous Alexander Nasmyth portrait. read more ›

steam valve

Steam Valve Part

A small engineering pattern made for the Bo'ness Steam Railway. All sizes taken from an original damaged casting. From this a new pattern with full cores was made allowing the new part to be cast in bronze. read more ›