Artwork for Samuel Souter
Side table in elm, limewood, and a dash of utile; limewood leg frame
Occasional/console table in elm, ash and a dash of utile; leg frame in ash
Detail of occasional/console table
Jewellery/keepsake box in sweet chestnut with ebony keys
Stall/table in ash
Bookshelf made from English walnut (seen from the underside)
Coffee table in oak, ash, utile, walnut and sycamore strips; tapered legs from oak and rails from ash
Bedside table in elm, pine and reclaimed ancient oak legs
When designing items myself I tend to gravitate towards a style of woodwork that is quite angular and linear. I like crisp, sharp lines and items that benefit from careful proportions and balance. They're often quite simply designed - I like un-fussy designs myself and so my pieces tend to have a simplicity to them.
The joy of creativity. The privilege to make for other people. The freedom to design. I spent long enough working in an office, behind a desk; realised it didn't suit me, and now genuinely cherish every day that I spend in my workshop making things!
Woodworker; furniture designer and maker.
Commissioned items and selling at fairs.
Very little! I undertook one 5-day course at the Peter Sefton Furniture School (Upton-upon-Severn) and a couple of weekend courses at the Williams and Cleal Furniture School (Somerset), but otherwise have taught myself many of the techniques I use.
I worked with listed buildings in my former life (but on the bureaucratic planning side!), but that brought me into contact with restorators and crafts people; I was always particularly envious of the carpenters working on the historic timber-frames, which no doubt helped direct me to what I do now...
I've only been running as a full-time self-employed woodworker for a year and a half, so not so many! However, during 2020 I was involved in a number of online exhibitions including the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (Nov 2020) and Tutton and Young's Made Makers (Oct 2020).
None for the time being. Selling through my website and at select craft fairs.