The Society of Heraldic Art


Felix Handley - ASHA +click image(s) to enlarge

Originally trained in fine art at Central St. Martins, Felix worked as a fine artist for a time and has work in private collections and institutions such as the Saatchi Gallery.

Having become frustrated by his lack of formal craft training, Felix decided to pursue a more traditional approach to sculpture and retrained as a stone carver at City & Guilds of London Art School.

While studying, Felix was awarded the Brinsley Ford travel prize for drawing, and The Master Carvers’ prize for carving. Having graduated with a first-class diploma in 2016, Felix’s work has already received recognition in public exhibitions. He won the Fishmongers’ Company prize for 2017, for his ‘outstanding craftsmanship and dedication’.

Felix has now set up a workshop in Hampshire, where he works as a sculptor, carver and restorer.

Mobile: 07736 061 533
Landline: 01420 588 124
Website: (currently under construction) 


Steve Cowan, C.D., U.E., L.R.H.S.C., S.H.A. +click image(s) to enlarge

Having studied both heraldry and digital art under the tutelage of Laurie Patten, F.R.H.S.C., S.H.A., I qualified for my Licentiate of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada in 2015. While I had been pushing paint around a canvas I found the application of digital art applies extremely well with heraldry; using a new technique for an old art form seems to complement each other. For the heraldic achievements, table shields, wall plaques and bookends I make the fine detail of a vector image from either on original design or from a grant of arms the armiger provides. What started as a project to research the design and application of naval ship badges has turned into an appreciation of heraldry and its applications.

Regardless of the item being made I do original digital artwork for each piece. And the artwork is also provided to the clients as a high quality computer image for their use on documents, decals, banners or whatever the armiger desire.

Steve Cowan
227 – 680 Murrelet Drive
BC V9M 3P2

Tel: 250 890 0225


Anthony Wood NDD, FHS, FSSI, FSHA

Chairman and Hon. Secretary
John Tunesi of Liongam M.Sc., FSA Scot., 
53 Hitchin Street, Baldock, 
Phone: +44 (0)1462-89206 and +44 (0)7989 976394

All enquiries regarding applications for Craft or Associate Membership should be addressed to:

Hon. Membership Secretary
Jane Tunesi of Liongam MSt, CILIP, Dip Gen, QG
53 Hitchin Street,
Phone: +44 (0)1462-89206 and +44 (0)7989 976394

Hon. Treasurer
David Krause FCA, Hon.FSHA
6 Corrance Road,
Wyke, Bradford,
BD12 9LH
Phone: +44(0)1274 679 272

Hon. Editor, The Heraldic Craftsman
William Beaver,
50 Church Way,
Phone: +44(0)1865 778061

Material for the Society's website and Craft Member profiles should be sent to Stephen Friar at
or by post to
Flat 2, Gyde House,
Gyde Road, Painswick,


The following works on heraldry and related subjects have been written by Members of the Society:

  • Brocklebank, R., How to Do Heraldry with Arms for Family and Friends (self published,2003).
  • Brocklebank, R., Heraldry in Clent (Clent Clarion No. 14, 2002).
  • Friar, S., A New Dictionary of Heraldry (A&C Black, 1987).
  • Friar, S., Heraldry for the Local Historian and Genealogist (Sutton Publishing, 1992).
  • Friar, S. and J. Ferguson, Basic Heraldry (The Herbert Press, 2000).
  • Friar S., The Companion to Heraldry (The History Press, revised 2011).
  • Friar, S., The Companion to Churches (The History Press, revised 2011).
  • Friar, S., The Companion to Local History (The History Press, revised 2011).
  • Friar, S., The Companion to Castles (The History Press, revised 2011)
  • Friar, S., The Companion to Cathedrals and Abbeys (The History Press, revised 2011)
  • Greenhill, P., Heraldic Miniature Knights (Guild of Master Craftsmen, 1991).
  • Greenhill, P., Heraldic Sketchbook (Guild of Master Craftsmen, 2009).
  • Greenhill, P. and M. Venturi, Creating Miniature Knights (Scramasa, 2005).
  • Louda, J. and M. Maclagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe (Orbis, 1981).
  • Males, M., The Armorial of Zimbabwe and Rhodesia (2004, CD format).
  • McCarthy, M., An Armorial of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church In Australia (Thylacine Press, 1998).
  • MacCarthy, M., Armoria Sedium - A Roll of See Arms used by the Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran Churches (Thylacine Press, 2001).
  • MacCarthy, M., The Cardinal Electors 2004 - An Armorial in Full Colour (on CD rom, Thylacine Press, 2004).
  • McCarthy, M., Heraldica Collegii Cardinalium - A Roll of Arms of the College of Cardinals (Thylacine Press, 2005).
  • McCarthy, M., Heraldica Collegii Cardinalium - A Roll of Arms of the College of Cardinals, Supplement II (Thylacine Press, 2005).
  • McCarthy, M., A Manual of Ecclesiastical Heraldry - Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Orthodox (Thylacine Press, 2005).
  • Manning, B., The 4th Heraldic Armory of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn (CD format for the Library of Lincoln's Inn, 2004).
  • Pinches, R and A. Wood, A European Armorial (Heraldry Today, 1971).
  • Slater, S., The Complete Book of Heraldry (Lorenz Books, 2002).
  • Spurrier, P., The Heraldic Art Source Book (Blandford, 1997).
  • Way, G. and R. Squire, Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia (Harper Collins, 1998).
  • Wood, A., Heraldic Art and Design (Shaw & Sons, 1996).

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