The wood shavings have been flying in the workshop while I’ve been getting everything ready for a number of exhibitions and markets. This busy period takes place after quite a long spell of radio silence - I lost my Mum in early 2014 and my Dad passed away suddenly and unexpectedly late last year. As a result, furniture making has taken a bit of a back seat.
It’s been a difficult time, but stepping back from work has helped me to rediscover what I loved about designing and making in the first place. I’m enjoying my work and trying out some new styles and methods. I hope you’ll be able to come along to one of the forthcoming events to catch up or see what I’ve been working on.
SFMA Annual Exhibition – Rooms for Improvement
Until Sunday 6 November, (10am-4.45pm [3.45pm 1-6 November]), John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
The Scottish Furniture Makers Association’s annual exhibition at the Botanics in Edinburgh is already underway with a new approach this year – work by 26 SFMA members is being shown in four different room sets, so you can get an idea of how the pieces work in situ. I’ve got an elm side table and tea caddy on display and outside you can see a great display of autumn colour.
Peebles Wood Market
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October (10.30am-4.30pm), Peebles Community Centre.
This weekend event is a highlight of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival, and the market hosts a number of makers showcasing small products and furniture. I’ll have lots of things for sale including some lovely beech chopping boards with ‘ribbon’ inlays. Outdoors on nearby Tweed Green you can see chainsaw artists, traditional woodworking and a mobile sawmill in action.
The Crafters Art & Design Fair
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November (10am-5pm), Border Union Showground, Kelso.
This annual event keeps growing in popularity, showcasing quality art and crafts from the south of Scotland.
After the Storm Exhibition
Saturday 3 December – Friday 26 May (10am-3.45pm), John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
A special exhibition of fine furniture made of timber from trees blown down at the Botanics when Cyclone Andrea hit in 2012. The show explores the restorative impact of storms as well as the trauma they can cause to the natural and human environment. I’ll be exhibiting an asymmetrical writing desk made of oak, sycamore and cedar from the wind-blown trees. I'll be posting more on this in the coming weeks.