Wooden Projects Containing a Bit of Love
By Jonathan Ferguson
From the family workshop in a small East Yorkshire village, Jonathan makes wooden objects containing a bit of love.
Timbers are selected for their unique properties and beauty, just as traditional joinery techniques add a proven longevity and visual interest. Having a Fine Art background means that designs start as a sketch and develop almost like sculpture, the most successful pieces come from trusting instinct and not being afraid of failure.
There are machines for the more laborious tasks, but hand tools are central to the creation process. When making one item at a time using saws and chisels to cut joinery is easy to justify over setting up machinery, what is less apparent is the insistence of hand planning components. At the beginning of the process planes allow an intimacy and understanding of the material, in the final work the depth of surface is the reason for finishing with a sharp cutting tool. Combined with textured areas, shadow lines and chamfers these elements all play with the ever changing quality of light, details that are subtle and reveal themselves over time when living with the piece.
The aim is to create objects that can transcend the normal cycles of consumption and fashion, leaving something that future generations will covet.
I am a Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Between 12th and 21st August I will be exhibiting a selection of my work at the Designer Crafts on the Mall Exhibition held by the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
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