From a workshop in anl East Yorkshire village, Jonathan makes beautiful wooden objects. 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.
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.