“I’m not interested in function in my work, I concentrate solely on form”
I was born Glasgow and now live in the beautiful North-East of Scotland, surrounded by a truly inspirational landscape. My work is made in my small studio-workshop.
I work using the lathe and sculpting tools, combining traditional and modern techniques, I aim to work with the wood rather than against it.
I’m not interested in function in my work, I concentrate solely on form, I spent many years photographing the natural landscape and I am fascinated by the interaction of light with form and texture.
I work only with trees grown in Britain, mainly local, felled due to decay or that would otherwise be left and allowed to rot.
I embrace cracks, voids and decay in the wood that others would consider to be defects, working the wood while it’s still green, and allowing the changes that happen during the drying process to influence the final form.
My work is informed by the landscape around me. I am fascinated by the textures and forms that exist in nature, rocks, rivers, trees, plants and especially by the powerful landforms found on our coasts.
The lathe is often central to my work, most pieces originate here some are completed here. Others, depending on the design of the piece, undergo further work involving carving or sculptural techniques and more elemental processes involving fire or water.
The source of the wood I use is important to me. I use local hardwoods such as Elm and Ash. The wood is harvested and stored for a short time prior to it being worked.