Using natural materials – predominantly coppiced wood – and traditional craft methods, I have made a series of structures that encourage a connection between people and woodland. At the core of my work is the possibility that this symbiotic relationship between humans and woodlands can be nurtured, addressing the disturbing issue of human disconnection from nature.
In order to promote this, I have built a bird hide: something for people to sit in unseen and observe the birds (and other wildlife) through the window spaces. Within the hide, I have made a ‘perch’ to sit on: a step-ladder-stool upon which the observer can either stand or rest, opening up different perspectives. Finally, I have made a nesting box to encourage birds to nest near to the hide.
Instead of quickly producing a quantity of products, I use traditional green-woodworking processes; enjoying the slowness of hand-tools; and embracing this more contemplative way of working.
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Below is a portfolio documenting all aspects of my making process:
coppicing and collecting materials in the woodland; processing these materials with hand tools;
and creating a series of structures that can encourage a relationship with the woodland and its wildlife.
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