The idea behind my furniture is that you will enjoy its company. It is a friend for life. It must be functional, comfortable and stylish, but always friendly. I often like to leave some character of the tree visable. A knot, a crack, a “waney edge”. This is not to say the piece will be rustic, though its modern edge may be softened.
I was a freelance professional photographer. It took me a while to realise that the advent of the digital camera changed everything. Clients quite rightly expected photographs to appear the same day they were taken – at the speed technology allows. I really missed the darkroom. Half of the creative process was gone. I would no longer spend time getting to know my photographs. I would stare at a screen for no longer than I needed to.
Furniture designing and making cannot be over in an instant and ideas continue to develop in the workshop. It is a career that cannot be digitized.