Local woodlands are now in a state of ecological and economic crisis. Having become alerted to this condition my creative focus is exploring the rich diversity of wood from local woodlands within a 30 mile radius of my workshop ...
Many of my designs also use wood from Europe and North America. Woods from these areas are sustainably managed, often belonging to the same families for generations. I often use them in combination with locally sourced wood that has unusual character ...
The journey to find the right wood starts with a visit to a woodland or timber yard. It is only when a log is being cut at the sawmill that the grain is revealed and the potential known. Once the log is sawn to a range of thicknesses it is delivered to the workshop where it can air-dry. This stage can take from one to four years ...
While air-drying, the timber can be readily viewed by me and clients. I frequently inspect the wood stock to gain inspiration for future designs. Once the wood is selected for a project it is also dried in the workshop dehumidifier to be compatible with modern heated homes.