I try to tread lightly and leave the planet in a better place than I found it. Most of my timber is local, mainly from windblown trees that I mill and dry myself. I'd sum up the ethos of my work as working in tune with nature, locally and sympathetically, and without the use of computer aided design technology.
My aim is to produce work of the highest quality: both in design and craftsmanship: work which exceeds my clients’ expectations and makes them ask, “how did you do that?”
This is something that has influenced my work for the last 25 years. It isn’t new to me! I mostly design from local windblown timber, using natural finishes, green electricity, with offcuts heating the workshop in winter. My work is designed to last as long as possible.
I'm a Trustee of the Langholm Initiative. We specialise in local environmental, educational and regeneration work and have been the mainstay of a recent community moorland buyout. I'm also a supporter of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project and have organised the ‘release aviary’ builds for this project.