Tue, 09 Jun 2020
JIM Crockatt may be best known for his larger scale hand-built rustic furniture, but more recently has turned to simpler pieces which you can see at the newburytoday online gallery.
Organic Furniture: “My work is predominantly making turned pieces which are mainly bowls, platters and boxes from oak, sycamore, ash and other native hardwoodsgrowing in Bucklebury Common, where I have my workshop.
“My philosophy is to like doing it and watching the piece of oak evolve and revolve into something never seen before. It’s a kind of magic...
“My techniques are limited to a blank piece of wood, a bandsaw to cut out the approximate shape, a lathe upon which to place the wood, a set of gouges to shape the wood, a selection of polishes and dies to finish the piece and my imagination to guide the lump of wood into a pleasurable piece to treasure and keep for ever.”
TAKE a look at the Newburytoday online gallery, which is growing all the time – we are gradually adding artists’ work and featuring selected artists in N2. If you are an artist or maker living in the West Berkshire, North Hampshire and East Wiltshire areas, whose livelihood is wholly or largely dependent on your creative work, and wish to join the gallery, please send us your profile, tell us a little about your work, philosophy and techniques, together with eight examples of your work and we will print as many as we can over the coming weeks in the Newbury Weekly News, as well as adding you to the gallery.