Over winter work creating large statement piece

Over the winter months Michael enjoys his time in the workshop making pieces for the summer season. It is our busy time, showing visitors following Orkneys Creative Trail, our Gallery and Workshop. He looks to make as wide a range of pieces as possible and draws his inspiration from multiple sources around our islands.

He also enjoys making a couple of larger statement pieces which generally show off a lot of different techniques and embellishments. These are often a challenge and take some time.

Marking out the bowl

Checking the fit

Stand ebonised

One of this years pieces is this stunning Neolithic Unstan ware inspired bowl turned from Orkney sycamore which sits in a carved ebonised elm base complete with spalted beech turned legs. The elm is from some old stock planks we have had for many many years. The decoration includes Unstan ware pattern hand applied using pyrography and an Edinburgh hallmarked and makers mark silver staple. The overall size is approx. 580mm long x 410mm at the widest and 230mm high.

Checking the height the legs need to be

All resulting in the finished piece…

Timber delivery

Timber delivery

It's always exciting to receive some new timber, especially when you are not sure what will be in the pallet boxes. Michael had a chat with Greig of gmforestry in Ardersier who had some fresh chestnut. He said "I'll pop you a few other bits in" As you can imagine it...

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