Friday, 9 November 2018

Alexander Kanygin II

Some of Alexander Kanygin's robots, above is his robowood extension cable. Below his robowood napkin dispenser.

Below is Alexander's robowood nutcracker. 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Monday, 22 October 2018

Rudd's Rakes

The last hay rake factory of Britain, Rudd's Rakes is a company based in Cumbria and is run by John and Graeme Rudd (above on the right is John now 78 with his father). The factory was established in 1860 by John's Great Grandfather. They hand make 10,000 rakes a year from ash and silver birch with a distinktive steam bent bow, for extra strength.

However John and Graeme's skills are not reserved to hay rakes alone below are malt forks for turning the malt in whiskey production and the bottom image is of dragon forks . . . for zookeepers to control Komodo Dragons.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

David White

Beautiful tableware by David White of 'The Whittlings' makes hand-carved tableware from sustainably sourced Welsh-grown hardwoods.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Juliette Binet

Veneer mirror frames from French illustrator and designer Juliette Binet, it is good to see a new approach to this maligned craft.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Aida Yuchiro

Beautiful toy house frontages carved by Aida Yuchiro who also creates jewellery and implements such as plates and spoons.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Angela Cockayne

Angela Cockayne creates sculptures using found objects often feathers, skeletons, found waste from the natural world. In these two sculptures she has used porcupine quills which porcupines shed and the quills of a roadkill hedgehog. Having once suggested to students that porcupine quills would be an interesting feature if inserted into wood for furniture. Unfortunately no-one ever took me up on this challenge so it was lovely to see artist Angela Cockayne using these materials in a creative way.

"‘Hedge Log’ and ‘Porc u Pine’. Logs bored by worm with Montana roadkill quills and hedgehog spines. The #sixthmassextinction has begun due to our anthropogenic dominion. Animal populations across the planet have decreased by 80% since 1900." Angela Cockayne