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The Good Dr. Tim WIlley

The Good Dr. Tim WIlley

We recently discovered Dr. Tim Willey of England and acquired several of his handmade ebony-stained sycamore bowls. Dr. Tim's story is wonderful and follows below along with some wonderful images of the process and a link to purchase the collection from GARDE. Dr Tim has for many years been involved with the teaching of environmental art and design both at University and outdoor workshops both in the UK and abroad. Tim studied ceramics as an undergraduate followed by a Masters Degree in Sculpture, he then spent several years researching the relationship between ecology and sculpture for which he was awarded a doctorate. He is well known for his development and teaching of ‘adaptive design’: an evolutionary approach to working creatively with natural materials. Recently, Tim has established his own practice in the North Norfolk countryside, where he manages 12 acres of mixed woodland. This provides him with a perfect environment for his work and also provides a continuous supply of sustainable materials. Tim is now focussing on woodland-based sculpture and running creative workshops where he can share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. From Dr. Tim: "I’m now splitting billets into sections or ‘blanks’ ready for turning and carving; I’ve also waxed the end-grain before storing in a sheltered spot next to the workshop and I’m hoping this will enable me to keep the blanks green over time which will suit my very sporadic working pattern (did I really say ‘working pattern’!) I’ve noticed that the more sycamore vessels I make the more they’re tend to follow the shape of the tree: you can see below that the facetted form of the base on this piece is largely derived from the curvature of the sycamore blank. I guess you might call it a natural design partnership but perhaps It’s more to do with Adaptive Design." Each bowl is charred in fire and then allowed to burn down a little to give that nice element-worn surface. They are then rubbed back (a very sooty process) and treated with a polish which I make up with food-grade mineral oil and beeswax. willey1 willey2 willey3 willey4 willey5 Click to purchase online! Click here to purchase online