Chris has always had a passion for wood that started from a
young age making walking sticks for him and his pals and old Mr
Cane (!) got a few too! Then in High School he discovered the
delights of 'techy' and on winning the senior prize he thought to
approach Mr McCormack, joiner and cabinet maker, who was taking on
an apprentice but his son got the place! Badminton then took over
and adult working life but a penknife and a stick or two were never
far away! When Victoria met Chris it wasn't long before his artisan
abilities became obvious; an avid 'comber' of not only beaches, but
mountains and the odd skip, which were then turned into mixed media
art, wee sculptures and recycled (see skip!!) tables were made into
shelves, hutches and workbenches. The original womble!
When he made his home at Lochend in 1994 it rekindled his interest in wood, due to an abundance of his favourite medium and also father-in-law James had a lathe - *shoogely though it was, the pair whiled away some evenings making plates and chopping boards. After a few years, some training with master turner Tracy Owen and a new lathe, Chris started producing some work that he now supplies to galleries and shops. Still not his main job (because that septic tank won't clean itself Chris - note from editor/wife!) he works at Lochend, and has produced some tables, work surfaces, shutters, lamp bases and knobs for the chalets. From that there have been several commissions.
He recognises that his work in wood is shaped by the patterns that lie within the natural grain of the wood. 'I start with an idea but the life of the wood ultimately tells me where I'm going.'
Whilst here you can arrange to view his work and/or purchase a beautifully crafted piece of wood. Most of the wood used is from Lochend and the rest is locally sourced windblown timber or reclaimed wood from Sustained Woodlands Charitable Trusts. This is important to Chris as it reflects the natural harmony that he feels lies within all aspects of his work.
*Shoogely - scots word for wobbly!!