The raw material which I source for my work is wood which has grown locally and becomes available as a by- product of tree maintenance, storm damage or simple end of life mortality. Sometimes even a piece of nicely shaped firewood will be side-tracked on its way into the stove to become a small spoon. Sycamore, cherry, birch and most tightly grained hardwoods may be used and the finished spoon or bowl becomes a reflection of the original workpiece.
Bowls, wooden spoons for eating, cooking and serving, candleholders and other household items are my main interests - what I make is made to be used as well as being a unique piece. It should perform its function well, be a pleasure to use and last but not least - it should look great in the kitchen or the home.
The designs and styles which I work in are drawn from cultures ranging from Welsh and Scandinavian to First Nation American, and the forms are primarily carved to create a product pleasing in both look and in use.
I also aspire to give the quality of the finished item an heirloom longevity, given care.
To quote a wiser man than myself-
“If you want a golden rule to fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris