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Geckoman is Carbon Neutral
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Chameleon Christmas Cards & Raffle
New Sculpture
New Colours and Patinations

Art With A Conscience

Link to Forest Credits SchemeAs I sat and watched the world outside my workshop window bursting into life, a Robin was singing its heart out. I love walking up the hill at the back of our house and onto the moorland to hear the Skylarks and the Curlews. It's a lovely part of the country here in Hebden Bridge and I feel very lucky to experience all this wonder around me. It's such a beautiful world!

I think about that quite a lot.

I've been fundraising for several environmental/conservation charities for a while now, but for some time I've felt a pressing need to do more. We switched to Ecotricity a while ago so that the house and workshop are both now supplied with power from 100% renewable sources. To further reduce my carbon footprint I've signed up to the Forest Credit scheme run by Rainforest Concern, offsetting the carbon emissions that occur due to my business activity making it carbon neutral. This means that all carbon emissions caused by the power used in all casting processes, all shipping activity and all mileage covered in the van have been offset.

While maintaining the absolute highest standard of quality, all my bronze sculpture is now cast from metals obtained from over 95% recycled sources too.

Small steps on a world scale - we're only one very small business - but it's a step in the right direction.

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Switch to Ecotricity & get an £80* Geckoman voucher

Nancy and I think that it is extremely important to make lifestyle choices that are ethical and environmentally sustainable. That's why we have teamed up with Ecotricity to encourage more people to switch to clean energy.

Ecotricity started supplying electricity from 100% renewable sources in 1996 - the world's first Green Electricity company! Since 2010 they've been making and supplying gas from 100% renewable sources too. They're a not-for-dividend company - the profits go back into changing the way energy is made and used in Britain. Find out more about them and how you can switch to a greener future using this link:

If you would like to talk to someone ring 08000 302 302 stating either the code GECKO1 or just say you heard about them through Geckoman. Once the switch is complete I'll send you an £80 Geckoman voucher. It will help me out tremendously if you contact me once you've initiated the process with an idea of what you'd like to spend it on so I can start work on that and have it ready as soon as your switch over is completed.

* Terms & conditions apply

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Chameleon Christmas Cards & Raffle

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As a wildlife artist I'm drawn to the unusual creatures we share our world with. None can be more magnificently bizarre than the chameleon. While doing some research for this sculpture I came across the Belalanda Chameleon in an article suggesting it could be the rarest species on the planet which made me want to sculpt it and to do something to draw it's plight to greater attention.

Belalanda is a small area in south west Madagascar, the fifth largest island in the world lying just off the eastern coast of Africa. Its unique ecosystems are under considerable pressure, deforestation being one of the most immediate threats. Approximately 95 percent of Madagascar's reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth. WWF aims to protect, restore and maintain Madagascar's unique biodiversity in harmony with the culture and livelihoods of the local people. This is why I'm donating a pair of these limited edition bronze chameleons as a raffle prize to raise funds to support the work that they do.

Raffle tickets are £1 each and can be purchased on my JustGiving page here.

Christmas Cards with a difference

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As an added dimension to our fundraising you can purchase Christmas cards featuring the chameleons, each printed with a unique number on the back so that the card itself is a raffle ticket which will be entered into the draw - a great Christmas present idea! All proceeds will go to WWF. The winner will be drawn in January.

Prices for the cards are as follows: £2.50 each, £10 for five cards or £15 for ten cards and you can buy them online here or directly from me at any of my Christmas shows which are all listed on my events page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity so it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. You won't be added to a mailing list from this donation by WWF or Geckoman.

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New Sculpture

Bronze Fire Salamander Sculpture

These Fire Salamanders are the first sculptures to come out of the new workshop. They're life size at 120mm (4 3/4") and the one with the curled round tail is 70mm (2 3/4") across. Cast in solid bronze, then polished, coloured, lacquered and waxed so they won't tarnish. I use the shine of the bronze showing through the patination to create the colour effects. All my sculpture is certified carbon neutral and cast in the UK to the highest standard using over 95% recycled metal.

Find them on my online shop here.

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New Colours and Patinations

As you can see I've been playing around with chemicals and patinations. Some of these are experiments and some of these are just plain difficult so you'll see quite a lot of new listings that are one-offs. The new ranges are in the gecko, poison dart frog and seahorse sections. Handmade in Hebden Bridge, my bronzes are cast in the UK using over 95% recycled metal. All carbon neutral as well, we're powered by renewable energy and offset all unavoidable emissions. Click on the image to see more photos and colour options.

Bronze Poison Dart Frog Sculpture Bronze Seashorse Sculpture Bronze Poison Dart Frog Sculpture
Bronze Gecko Sculpture Bronze Poison Dart Frog Sculpture Bronze Banded Gecko Sculpture

For the full list of where to find me this year please see my Events page.

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Bronze Tree Frog