Stephen Tomlin
Green Wood Carving
Wood Work
Adam Connolly Memorial Fund
Spring | 2013

At his workshop in Cumbria Steve uses simple hand tools to carve locally-sourced greenwood, creating practical and elegant homeware to enhance everyday living. His work combines contemporary designs with traditional skills and natural materials.

Steve's work is inspired by the functionality of the item, the natural shapes in the wood as well as the limitations and possibilities created by working with a restricted number of tools. All the work is made solely by carving, without sanding. The final knife cuts are visible in the finished item, creating not only a lasting record of Steve's work but a unique and organic texture unobtainable by other methods.

In 2013 Steve was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Craft Scholarship which allowed him to travel to Sweden and spend three weeks working with master craftsmen there to expand his carving and develop decorative techniques. Since the trip, Steve has been working on a new range of large hand-carved dough bowls which he is developing and exhibiting around the country.


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