Artwork for Samuel Souter (srgs woodwork)
Hardwood 'Fin' table lamps
Yew & ash side table
Oak mini-shelf bedside table
Oak 'Heron' floor-standing lamp
Sycamore & yew drawer unit
Yew & ash pencil case
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 spent a year as an Associate Member of the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen, and early this year have been accepted as a Full Member.
I worked with listed buildings in my former life (but on the bureaucratic planning side!), but that brought me into contact with restorers 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...
No exhibitions as such, but plenty of shows/fairs/markets, including with the Heref Guild of Craftsmen throughout each year.
Select pieces in Pensons Restaurant (Netherwood Estate 2miles from my workshop), and Kyre Park Antiques Barn. Otherwise I sell direct or through fairs and exhibitions.