Artwork for Samuel Souter
Black walnut and oak matchstick pot
Ash and utile box
Ash and yew side table
Sycamore and yew drawer unit
Yew and ash side table
Ash and yew 'keepsake' box
Spalted beech/sycamore central strip serving board
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 and homeware 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 have recently (February 2022) been approved as an Associate Member of the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen.
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 two and a half years 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). I participated in my first h.Art last year and am excited to be back.
Select pieces in Pensons Restaurant (Netherwood Estate 2miles from my workshop). Otherwise I just sell direct or through fairs and exhibitions.