Meet The Maker
Hello – I’m Nic, a maker and designer based in Dorset, in the Southwest of England.
I’ve always had a passion for hands on, practical work – a need to make real things that I can be held and used. I began working with wood several years ago, trying different techniques and crafts until settling on turning and carving.
I love the simplicity of wood and the endless possibilities it offers. Wooden items have a natural warmth that can immediately reconnect you to nature and the world outside and unlike most other materials wooden pieces gently evolve over time, becoming unique to their owner.
Wherever possible I use salvaged or reclaimed wood. Wood that would otherwise have been burned or dumped, given a new purpose.
Some of these pieces will have remnants of their old life. The odd glint of a nail embedded in the wood, dents, discolouration or the hint of an old screw hole. Even freshly sourced wood will have its own imperfections – knots and cracks and variations in the grain. This is what makes handmade wooden items so tactile and interesting.
Wherever possible I use native British species of wood and ensure that any new timber is sourced sustainably and responsibly.
I’m a practical, down to earth person, but also a bit of a perfectionist, and these are qualities I strive for in my work.
I prefer simple forms that allow the natural qualities of the wood to shine through.
I like the idea of producing useful things that people will interact with, so many of my pieces are designed with a practical purpose in mind. They are inherently tactile, often with soft curves and a surface that’s irresistibly smooth to the touch.
Wood is a natural material and as such it’s important to me to use natural materials wherever possible as a protective finish.
Once they’ve been turned (or carved) each piece is finished with several coats of natural oil and wax and then carefully polished to a soft silky sheen before being sent out into the world.