I am Richard Law working green wood from the woodlands of Yorkshire; currently Strid Wood at Bolton Abbey.  Where I work  there is a high volume of passers by which makes for a mixture of banale and interesting conversations and comments.  My tools and methods are traditional – axes, chisels, a pole lathe and shaving horse.

Working in the woodland, I create furniture to give Strid Wood trees, and myself a longer life working in a craft thousands of years old.  My pieces emphasise the natural sinuousness of the indigenous hardwoods.  While close to nature, my work uses traditional construction methods.

When I work with the pole lathe or with the axe I am reminded that I am working in the way craftsmen have done for thousands of years. I begin a piece by selecting the wood from the trees I have felled, occasionally being able to select interesting timber I had previously allocated as firewood.  I know when a piece is done when it is good enough, perfection is never just around the corner, beauty is another matter.  When my work is going well I am filled with a sense of completion.  When people see my work I’d like them to smile.