Ever since I was a child, I've had a fascination for making things. I have early memories of learning embroidery and crafting with both my grandmothers and in my final year at school I was more interested in making jewellery than anything academic. I loved knitting and sewing for my daughters as they were growing up, and I relish all sorts of DIY tasks, I even built my own shed.
I first got into working with wood when I moved into my current home in 2009. I wanted to lay some laminate flooring in the bathroom, so I bought a cheap scroll saw to allow me to cut the awkward bits, and much to my delight I discovered my new hobby.
I started out using pine strip wood from the local DIY store as I didn't know where to source 'real' wood. I soon got frustrated with the limitations of using that little saw, so I bought a second-hand Hegner saw from eBay, a friend gave me some offcuts of elm and oak, and the passion became an obsession.
I still work out of my 8x6 shed, the one I built myself, and one day I'll have to build a much bigger shed to cope with the ever expanding collection of tools I have collected over the years. Included in that collection is a bandsaw, which has helped tremendously, allowing me to buy nearly all my timber rough sawn from a local arborist and tree surgeon so that I know all my native hardwood is ethically sourced.
I have a bit of a butterfly brain which helps me come up with the concepts for my work though I do sometimes get lost in them. I draw my inspiration from a wide range of influences, particularly the fantastic Scottish countryside I am surrounded by, traditional Scottish themes and my twin loves of horses and gliding, really anything I consider beautiful, striking, quirky or emotive, I strive to incorporate into the practical and mundane, making everything around me a little bit prettier.
I like to think that much of my work is a little different, and when I can, I'll use designs differently, for example adding resin to create beautiful effects, and since 2019 I've been using papercut patterns, as I love how they translate into woodcraft.
I can safely say that I'm sure that scroll sawing is the craft I have been searching for all my life. The feeling I get from taking a rough piece of wood and through the process of preparing, cutting and finishing it, to create something wonderfully tactile, beautiful, and wherever possible, practical - is incredibly rewarding.
That combined with the thought that hopefully someone else will enjoy and treasure it gives me a feeling of satisfaction very little else can match.