Three Blind Mice

 Inspiration springs from many places in this case a harmless childs nursery rhyme….. or perhaps this might be something darker .

Three blind mice, three blind mice,

See how they run, see how they run,

They all ran after the farmer’s wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,

Did you ever see such a thing in your life,

As three blind mice?

It would seem this  Ditty I sang as a child describes a country women who fed up with being overrun with pesky little rodents chases the little blighters and kills them with her trusty carving knife. A quite horrifying story and worthy of an X certificate in film terms, but as kids we sang the words and didn’t delve too deep.

However research shows that it is not about 3 blind mice at all. Many historians believe that it actually relates to the torture and burning at the stake of three noble men who had the audacity to criticise  the 16th Century Queen Mary 1st. Who was otherwise known as “Bloody Mary” . As for cutting off their tails with a carving knife……….I don’t think I want to go there !

The slotted blade is O1 steel and has a scandi grind. The handle, bolster, and tear drop washer are made from Corian. The decorative sandwich behind the bolster is made from pewter and ebony veneer. The lanyard hole is in brass.

This is quite a large piece………….the knife being 35cm long and 25 cm high

The Mice handles are made from stabilised alder root (Sourced from Brisa Finland ) with brass pins and the ” dark glasses” are created from black sequins . The tails are made from brown anodised aluminium.

The upright is made from solid copper , the base is Corian other fittings are stainless steel …once again yellow monofilament is used to adjust the position of the knife via a tensioned shackle.

Barry Salter

Read more: The Disturbing Origins of 5 Common Nursery Rhymes |


~ by barrysalter on July 12, 2012.

One Response to “Three Blind Mice”

  1. I love this sculpture!

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