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Home of the stone sculpture of Matthew Billington DragonStone Carving

We both welcome you to the family run site Matthew Billington DragonStone Carving.


“A stone carver now for over ten years, I have had the opportunity to produce a wide variety of commissions both public and private ranging from 12 foot high art works towering out of parklands to tiny hand held miniatures. My early work was dominated by celtic knotwork and other tribal patterns whilst today my interest lies in human forms, both abstract and realistic.

There is still a tribal feel to recent work and one theme that follows right through is the contrast of polished and natural riven forms. My most enjoyable projects have involved working in schools getting kids designing and carving their own pieces. Big kids, too, have had the opportunity for some carving experience at various festivals and outdoor events. It’s always a pleasure watching someone gaining confidence with a new medium and new skills and producing something they’re really proud of. Being self-taught myself I have no hang-ups about who can or can’t make something beautiful. The only limits on what you can achieve are those you imagine.”

-Matthew Billington





“Hi I’m Beks and will now be hosting my brothers site so that he can spend more time in the workshop. Moon_Face_Pendant4

For those who already follow him, you will start to notice some changes over the coming weeks as we work together to update the DragonStone Carving site.”

You may also like to visit my own site


But not before you scroll down to enjoy more DragonStone Carving………………. 🙂

DragonStone Carving – Eastville Workhouse Burial Ground

Underneath you will see Matthews’ most recent commission, a memorial dedicated to all those who lived and died in Eastville Workhouse.
Special thanks go to the pupils of May Park Primary School for creating designs for the standing stone.


MBDSC_Carving‘Stone Mason and sculptor, Matthew Billington, DragonStone Carving has produced a poignant memorial which we hope will mark the site for centuries’ – Steve Mills, Bristol Radical History Group





100 Fishponds Road: Eastville Workhouse’s Paupers Remembered.


Dragonstone Carving – The Figure

BillyIn this picture you can see me looking very pleased with myself having nearly completed the latest commission. The figure was delivered this Tuesday to its’ new home where it was received by equally pleased customers.


“I have just got back from Miami and just seen the statue in real life. Awesome piece of work, I’m extremely pleased with it and thinks its the best example I’ve seen” – Duncan Ellis.


DragonStone Carving – Letter Cutting

DragonStone Carving – Behind the Scenes

With this post I invite you into the workshop to see works in progress

There’s always lots going on with many works in progress. For me this keeps the creative flow very positive and the different pieces feed and inform each other.

At the start of the week I’m much freer with starting new ideas, towards the end of the week I push for completion on something.
That’s unless there is a commission on the go in which case deadlines take over and I focus in.

A recent commission :- the drawing went onto the stone and photographs sent to the customer for approval.

Then I got started, cutting outlines first.

Changing the profile as well as the surface.

Cutting deeper and deeper in order to catch the light and cast shadows.

Refining the shapes further and further.
Polishing and smoothing


And final decision on where I pierced the stone for extra impact and finally finished.
The piece was delivered and installed by myself to become a garden focal point for happy customers.

DragonStone Carving – The Clan – A memorial to an Artist

The Clan is my name for my finished piece executed in Welsh Slate. It was made as memorial to an artist, the father of friends, and based on a piece of work they found in one of his sketch books and originally called The Crowd.

We were living out of the van while Esther worked at Dorchester Hospital and so after dropping her off at work I would take the van to somewhere nice in the locality.

So the first morning I went to Maiden Castle, the biggest Iron Age Hill Fort in Britain and a fantastic setting to work in. You can see the Hill Fort behind by gridded transparency, although this pic does no justice to the castle at all.

This pic gives you a much better idea of what I was working beneath.

The pattern was transferred and work commenced!

My presence in the car-park was met with mixed reactions but I had some lovely chats with many a passer-by and with some of them taking photos of me working.

The next day saw me out at Puddletown Forest. When I arrived and was putting the stone on the back step a huge stag went bounding across the fire break you can see in the background. Above be me crows and buzzards fought out their territorial disputes.

And the next I was at Cerne Abbas, you can see the Giant on the hill behind me.

The following day was so grim I was working under a motorway bridge (no pics) but as the weather cleared the nearby travellers emerged to collect firewood and came to see what I was up to.

We went off for a weekend at the ICAN camp,in Devon, by which time things were really taking shape.

I could have got to this point a lot quicker in a workshop but it was really nice to go back to just the hand-tools for a bit. You can’t really chat to the public about your work whilst wielding a screaming angle-grinder and filling  the air with stone dust and it seemed really fitting to make it this way.

In all 30-40 people stopped for look and a natter and about half took cards so they would be able to come to the website and see the finished piece.

Back to Maiden Castle for a last day and everything is really taking shape. The figures in the montage have started to take on characters and the relationships seem to close for a crowd and so I named it The Clan.

Back in Bristol and I go and do my first few hours of work at the new workshop based in

and the final piece emerged.