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.

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Gate and Post

A larger gate pattern with post and carved finials read more ›

kelvingrove railing

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Handrails

Patterns for railings which depict the separate symbols of Glasgow's Coat of Arms - the salmon and the ring, Kentigern's bell, the robin, and an oak leaf to represent the oak tree, . read more ›

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Frame Restoration

The restoration and repair of two 10 x 7ft 18th century frames. This involved removing damaged sections, fitting and replacing with newly carved details. read more ›

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Drinking Fountain Bowl and Cover

Two patterns to replace the broken originals from a Victorian drinking fountain. The bowl was specially fitted to fit a scalloped and tapered post. read more ›