I first choose a subject that appeals to me, predominantly animals native to Britain.
Then, with the help of anatomical drawings and photographs, I work up some preliminary sketches. Once happy with the form and posture, this is drawn up full size on a wall in the workshop.
Normally starting from the feet up, I offer cut lengths of steel up to the drawing and the sculpture starts to take shape as each piece is welded together.
The works are normally made in ¾ inch square solid steel bar. Each piece is cut roughly to size and then is cold forged in a press until the right shape is created.
There can be eighty or more components to a sculpture, and each specific piece needs to correlate with the next.