My little son was 1 year old last week! I made this chair for his birthday, it’s oak with a sycamore seat and based on a lovely rustic oak piece in Carmarthenshire Museum in Abergwili that was made in Alltwalis, not far from our home.
This heavyweight outdoor bench was made from a piece of oak that had a special significance for the customer. The piece had been brought to the current property from a former, much beloved location where there had been 15 acres of native west Wales broadleaf woodland.
One of my chairs is included in the exhibition Pair//Pâr curated by Oriel Myrddin Gallery and Carmarthenshire Museums Service at Parc Howard in Llanelli.
21 April – 7 July 2018, Wednseday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
The show highlights seats by four makers from Carmarthenshire paired with historical seats from Carmarthenshire Museums and local collections
Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery, Felinfoel Road, Llanelli SA15 3LJ
I’ve just delivered another hand carved Ash wood bench to Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen for their annual Makers Market exhibition – open until 30 December. A seat to accommodate you and your coffee cup!
This recent commission was for harpist Ceri Owen-Jones, I was asked to make a stool for Ceri to use whilst performing. The seat is made from Sycamore wood from Llanina and the legs are Ash sourced in Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Along with his partner Elsa Davies, Ceri performs and records as Deuair. Do take a minute to listen to some to their beautiful music…
Using a drawknife askew on this elm creates long springy thick shavings. I’m making the legs for a carved oak bench, similar to a previous version I made earlier in the year.
Shown with Ashley Iles London pattern gouge and a finer (and smaller) drawknife than above, forged by James Howarth. Two lovely tools, very old and very new.
This new commission has replaced the damaged seat of a salvaged library stool with a beautiful piece of west Wales ash wood to create a multi purpose piece of furniture for a personal library.
The customer wanted the piece to be able to be used as a small table, a stool or an occasional step to reach the higher shelves. This simple solution really highlights the beauty of the wood grain and will slowly gather the rich patina of use in its new home.