A new take on the bureau, this modular design is made entirely out of laminated Bamboo and was originally developed for a ‘live-art’ installation performance by Cross-Collaborations that visited galleries, exhibitions and public spaces internationally collecting handwritten letters that the participants write to their future selves. It is then used as a sorting office to archive and return the letters to their authors five years on.
Capacity, versatility and portability being primary requirements, the desk comprises of a four part modular system that can be reconfigured into five different pieces of furniture including a compact transit/storage mode.
0% Formaldehyde Bamboo Ply
A demonstration of the different configurations.
Oak Writer's Desk
Originally designed to exhibit at the ICFF 2014 in NY, this piece is another on the theme of the written letter. The idea being to entice the individual back to the romance of pen and paper.
I wanted to design a writing desk which was very unimposing and visually light without compromising it’s functional qualities.
Solid American White Oak
Some years back, having struggled to find the right mallet for me, I turned myself one paying particular attention to the balance, weight and grip. Soon enough fellow woodworkers asked if I could make them similar ones to this weight or that and over the years I have refined the grip a little more.
This one is my current favourite medium weight, with a Holly head and Laburnum handle.
Knives & Chopping Boards
This project came about when I tried to think of a good use for all the old carpenter’s saws that are gradually being eaten by time and rust in peoples sheds. It eventually occurred to me to use the steel to make knives. The high carbon spring steel used in these old saws takes an edge perfectly and is far superior to the steel used in modern disposable saws, mostly because far from being disposable, these saws were designed to be re-sharpened time and time again.
After trying various different designs and sizes I’ve settled on a selection of designs which work well with the thin steel of the saws:
210mm General use kitchen knife
170mm General use kitchen knife
300mm Bread knife
Mezzaluna (rocking herb knife)
In-keeping with the recycled nature of the blades, I usually make the handles out of reclaimed Canadian Maple flooring.
The Cabinet Of Curiosity
This was a commission for a community arts project run by artist Mai Thomas from the Ruthin Craft Centre.
The brief was to create a cabinet of curiosity which could be easily transportable, modular (enabling individual parts to be used independently), capable of housing six Welsh artist's installations, children's activity sheets and stationary, and displaying a plethora of interesting archives and artefacts borrowed from local museums and collections, while resembling both a traditional Welsh dresser and a cattle trailer.
Based at the Ruthin Craft Centre the piece travelled to schools and project spaces around Wales either as a whole or in its constituent parts.
A simple leather pencil roll, also can be used for paint brushes, with a pull-through toggle closure.