As mentioned Carrick had studied as a student and later carried out restoration works at Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall in his mother's native Orkney, work he must have taken some pride in. A few decades later Orkney writer George MacKay Brown was to find inspiration when he first wandered into the cathedral, writing in his An Orkney Tapestry 'Unmoving still, it voyages on, the great ark of the people of Orkney, into unknown centuries'.
There is also some evidence that Carrick was involved in some of the masonary works at Dunblane Cathedral which was re-constructed from its ruins in the late 19th century and he was responsible for the very simple commemorative stones to the Reverend Alexander Ritchie (below) inside the Cathedral itself. George MacKay Brown bemoaned the 'clutter of plaques and memorials' within the walls of St. Magnus, a common feature of most cathedral and church interiors. Perhaps he might have approved of Carrick's subdued approach which harmonizes with the stone of the cathedral itself. Carrick was an artist who could produce simple and unassuming work when he felt that was what was required (see 'Scottish American' page).