There is a beautiful juxtaposition that comes from working with wood. At first glance, one might only see a rough slab of timber. But as I begin to work with it, each slab reveals how delicate and sensitive this seemingly ordinary piece of wood really is. For every nuance of change during its lifetime in the ground as a tree is deeply written into the very fibre of its being. It’s story forever embedded into the rings, grains and grooves. No two trees are the same and every slab is singularly distinctive. As a woodworker, it is an incredible privilege to work with such ancient history in your hands. I feel drawn to reflect that essence in the furniture I create. It is the basis of my work. Creating depth and delicate elegant lines that subtly reflect a history of intricacy and grace.
While I use all manner of tools and equipment to create my forms, the two most loved and useful hand tools in my workshop are a well used set of short blade bench chisels and a comfortable, well balanced block plane. While these items are not often used for shaping curves and delicate lines, they are invaluable for finishing the intricate details that are the cornerstones of my design.
I was so humbled when Penguin Random House contacted me last year about sharing my artisan’s experience in their upcoming publication “The Tool Book”. And this week, I was privileged to hold the beautifully finished and highly visual hardcopy in my hands. There are over 200 hand tools featured and every single page pays homage to generations of craftsmanship, ingenuity and know-how. From the evolution of hand tools to the exploration of each tool in depth.
said in the foreword, “... what you can create with these charismatic utensils is a limitless sense of adventure and accomplishment - a life rife with practical industry... they are precisely the devices necessary for the art of living well...”
Thank you @penguinrandomhouse
for inviting me to be a part of this celebration of human innovativeness and creativity. #TheToolBook