flow gallery

Alison Crowther

I design and make furniture and objects that are hand made carved from solid pieces of native hardwoods. My work ranges from bowls using close-grained timber such as cherry and holly, to large outdoor benches in English Oak. I work by using integral features in the wood, medullary rays and grain, as a guide to carve a surface of grooves and lines that are extremely tactile. All the timber used is unseasoned or green which means that it will crack and weather with age. The forms are leafy, fungal and fluid, echoing woodland origins or rationalised to make deceptively simple works for more formal settings.