My work invites the fingers to explore the nuances of grain. Starting with a locally sourced, sustainably cut “coppiced” tree, I cleave it using the ancient technology of the bodger. The pieces that emerge from this technique follow the undulating curves within the tree, and give my work a fluid, organic feel. My interest lies in taking these traditional techniques, and the tactile green wood components, and fusing them with contemporary techniques and materials, to create practical and beautiful furniture.
I also take unseasoned wood and use one of its other amazing properties – that it can be steamed and bent into seemingly impossible shapes.
As well as making furniture I run highly acclaimed green woodworking courses, and I regularly help communities to make furniture for their local environs. I am based near Newton Ferrers in Devon.
I am as happy making small batches of furniture, as working on one-off bespoke commissions.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.