The idea of making reasonably colossal sculptural seats, tables, and bedsteads from old oak joists and the remains of defunct gates and fences grew from a number of things: one is that I am drawn to using bits of wood with visible histories I love the colour variations which develop naturally on oak over time, and the surface textures which the original sawing then years of weathering produce; they have served rugged purposes too, hence the notches, empty mortices, holes for nails and bolts; another is a fascination for primitive, crudely-made furniture, coupled with a savage disinterest in much that is finely finished; then there is my observation that many of us enjoy sitting sometimes on such seats as these in the garden, the gallery, or the bathroom, gently swinging our legs and drinking tea. I use mortice-&-tenon joints which I peg for extra strength and because I like the look of the pegs sticking out of their holes.
The curved parts draw to varying extents on ancient symbols, though what inspires the basic design of each piece is the nature of the materials I start out with.
My intention is to create something which has a spirit of its own, a strong presence, something intriguing or awesome or disarming, and which has elemental beauty.
I work to commission, and am happy to incorporate elements of design I have used before, though obviously no two pieces will be identical.