Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Texture


All my work has a surface texture created by the tool used. This is both tactile and functional. The cut created by a razor-sharp tool is superior to that produced by sanding. I have just taken delivery of a texturing adze used by the North West Coast indigenous people for finishing their wonderful carvings, notably totem poles.

This has a light blade with a sprung handle which creates a chip rather than cutting into the surface. It takes time to get to know a new tool but I'm pleased with the feel of this adze and the surface created:

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Malvern Autumn Show



New work in the Ultramarine range will be on display at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern 23rd to 24th September with the Worcestershire Guild. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Bowl Carving course 29/30th July 2017

I am teaching a 2 day bowl carving course at the Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire close to the Ironbridge Gorge. Details available here: carving course

Learn to make a beautiful, functional wooden bowl using simple hand tools. 
Starting with a locally grown greenwood log, you will cover properties, function, design, tools and processes needed to make your own unique bowl. 
Suitable for novice and more experienced woodworkers, the course should give you sufficient confidence to continue carving at home. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

With only three weeks to go preparations for the Craft Festival in sunny Devon are hotting up!
This is a 'must see' event, so if you are in the south west make sure you come to visit the show. Lots of new work on display with hand-hewn bowls from small to huge and a ladle tree display - you need to come to find out what that is!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Studio now open


Now complete and ready to receive visitors! The new studio space allows me to have work always available to see in a more appropriate environment.

If you would like to come to see, and feel, the work first hand then please contact me to arrange a visit either by 'phone on 07779 967 710, or by email: alastair.dargue@hotmail.com. I don't have set hours so it isn't possible to just turn up.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair

This Friday to Sunday I'll be demonstrating bowl carving at the show in Henley on Thames. New work on display including the largest bowls I've ever carved! Not to be missed!!