There is something deeply spiritual about the nature of trees - majestic giants in harmony with their surroundings, supporting life. We have been using wood since the dawn of humankind and today we can still connect with this most magnificent material.
There is magic in opening a log, grain often hidden for centuries, revealed for the first time, awaiting its transformation to live on in another form for another generation.
I remember the initial excitement of entering a workshop; the aroma of freshly machined timber, soft curly wood shavings drifting across the floor and tools neatly stored away. I felt I had found my place.
A piece of hand made furniture has a very different feel than one that is mass-produced. The lustrous finish left off a freshly sharpened plane cannot be rivaled; or the use of precious veneers applied to drawer fronts in a fine cabinet, with hand fitted drawers that glide with a piston fit action, only achieved by a one shaving fit.
I hope the pieces of furniture I make bring a sense of joy and meaning to others, whether working to a client’s brief, or making a new speculative piece, I hope to do justice to the tree from where the wood came.