I am the grandson of a master craftsman; I grew up with the smell of timber being turned and fashioned in my granddad’s workshop. These formative experiences have never left me. Nor have the antique tools my grandfather used and that I now use too.
I view contemporary design as often obsessed with “new” materials and processes. But wood cannot be mechanically made; its beauty derives from the colour, texture and grain that developed over many years of natural growth.
However, when it comes to making things with wood, I often see an obsession with the “traditional”. This can lead to over-complication, fussiness and heaviness.
I believe that wood can be modern, fresh and contemporary. It is my aim to combine the modern designer’s eye for form, simplicity and usability, with the traditional techniques of the maker: craftsmanship, attention to detail and a rigorous understanding of the material. My pieces will always be beautiful, appropriate and sustainable.