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19th-28th August 2017



Alice Blogg - Purbeck Oak Topped Stools

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

 

19th - 28th August 2017

 
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Alice Blogg - Purbeck Oak Topped Stools

Alice Blogg is a skilled craftswoman who uses traditional techniques. She is widely respected in her field and is one of the country’s foremost female designers and makers.  Her workshop is nestled in a beautiful wooded area looking out to Eggardon Hill across the rolling West Dorset countryside. It is this environment that provides not just the inspiration for her work but the raw materials too.

Knowing the origin of the timber, bringing out its beauty, letting the timber sing – this intimate understanding of the material, often found literally at her feet, is Alice’s life.

The tree used in these newest creations by Alice, needed to come down due to it causing obstruction on a highway. Alice managed the felling of the tree and how it was planked.

“I have a log shed up at my workshop where I store all the timber for years, air dry and then kiln the last bit. A 2” plank can take 2 years to dry properly, so it’s not a quick turnaround from tree to piece but a grand old oak needs another lease of life.”


Alice has combined some of the Oak from the above tree with Ash to create these stunning stools for her most recent commission.  Each stool has an undulating hand carved oak top, the beauty of using hands to shape is they are all slightly different. The Oak has been fumed to highlight the grain and each top has its own character with different grain.   The end result is simply unique, something that could never be achieved by machine or automated processes.   These stools have a home and we are sure they will be treasured for their story, uniqueness and functionality but a pair of them will be on display in Cheltenham 19th-28th August for you to admire.

Although most of the work at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design is available for you to buy never forget that our exhibitors are always happy to discuss commissions or repeat orders.  If something that you have seen has already sold, isn’t quite the right size or shape or you like the style but want something completely different always let us know and we will put you in touch with the right maker for you.

 

 

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