Peaceful Pieces With Stories, Not Production Lines
There is a lot of stuff being made in this world at moment, too much in fact.
So why make more stuff?
This is a question I often consider and find myself pretty much always answering it with words from William Morris "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. " there is too much mass manufacture, too many throw away objects being made with nothing but profit margins in mind. This not only negatively effects the crafts but the environment. I am keen to work towards a more sustainable and less wasteful future; with furniture that will last lifetimes as well as a good repair and reuse ethos.
I aim to make pieces that are meaningful, with good design; needless to say with long life spans.
Thoughts on hand tools and machinery
I don't think any form of making should be frowned upon or seen as inferior, having said that, it is the misuse of machinery that is ruining true craftsmanship. Knowledge is being let leek out of society by teaching with only new technologies. It’s not about ‘traditionalists’ or ‘purists’ resisting change, it’s about the comparison of man and machine, and what both of those mean for craft. The task of the 'traditional' craftsman is not to resist change, but to resist against the “rigorous perfection of machine” Richard Sennet. The ‘traditional’ craftsmen must strive for perfection but also add value in the subtle flaws, variations, individuality and irregularities in their work.
I feel well designed and made furniture can be more than a piece of furniture, it's also more than just an addition to your room. It's a companion - giving that little feeling of quality and care when you perform daily tasks about the house.
Care throughout the process is of upmost importance to me, selecting the board with a design in mind and not just using what is to hand or most convenient. To give thanks to the old giants that fall and are processed, timber should be used carefully and respectfully - from start to finish.
“The woodworker has a special intensity, a striving for perfection, a conviction that any task must be executed with all his skill…to create the best object he is capable of creating.” George Nakashima
See my recent essay on the Importance of Craft and the Relevance of Hand Tools - Click the red icon