Based in Swansea, South Wales, Daniel Harrison is a designer-maker of fine furniture creating mainly free-standing bespoke pieces, although he has been commissioned to create other work including large sculptural carvings, staircases, fine boxes as well as other products made from local sustainable woods. He enjoys problem solving, reflecting deeply on new ideas and processes for bespoke furniture and his keen eye for detail and meticulous approach is reflected in the quality of the work he produces.
In 2016 Daniel was awarded a QEST scholarship to learn integral aspects of running a fine furniture business, supported by sponsors and Royal Warrant Holders Howden’s Joinery Co. Daniel's inspiration comes from a range of sources including nature and classical forms and he enjoys free hand watercolour sketching to bring his ideas to the drawing board. This often precedes model making and prototypes in the workshop to perfect dimensions and proportion, before creating the finished piece ready for delivery and installation.
Daniel says "There is something 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 rivalled; or the use of precious veneers applied to drawer fronts in a fine cabinet.
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." D.H