“A work devoid of innate beauty is a dead work: this is therefore the importance of the artist-craftsman to whom we today ask not only to produce good works, but also to work closely with the 'traditional craftsmanship so as to revive beauty even in everyday objects." — Yanagi Sōetsu
I am a furniture maker specialising in traditional woodworking techniques, inspired by Japanese philosophies of making and Scandinavian aesthetics.
My work is heavily influenced by the process of making and I strive to maintain and highlight the artefacts of hand tool work in finished pieces. I do this through exposed joinery, and construction methods that can only be achieved by hand tool work. I believe this brings depth to the finished piece by intrinsically connecting an otherwise static piece of furniture to the dynamic process of its creation.
My work follows from an iterative design process, which allows me to create work with delicate and precisely proportional elements. My work doesn't shout for attention, but rewards close inspection.
In the second podcast of the series, Jonathan Rose is in conversation with fellow designer-maker Jack Sheahan who talks about his new life in Edinburgh, becoming a designer maker in a community of designers and makers.
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