The idea behind the Ross was to mimic a short spiral and still have the seat sheltered by the wall on three sides. The tail rises from ground level to its full height behind the seat. Can have a right-hand or left-hand opening. Built for Sir Charles and Lady Ann Fraser at Shepherd House, Inveresk, Edinburgh, in 2005, and at the Highland Show the same year.

Comments from the customer:

Nigel Bialy has undertaken two commissions for us in our garden at Shepherd House, Inveresk. We first became aware of his work some years back at Gardening Scotland. We commissioned him to build a ‘Ross’ feature and were very pleased with the result. It has been much admired by the many visitors who come to our garden. It is very stable : I don’t believe one stone has moved since it was built. More recently, he has built a new potting shed for us and this too has been a great success. It has a green roof, now planted with ferns.

These two commissions were completed on schedule. Construction work within a garden can be messy and barrowing heavy stone to the chosen site would be expected to cause some damage. We had no such problems.

Nigel’s work at Shepherd House has given us complete satisfaction and has given much pleasure to our garden visitors.

Charles Fraser