Chris Thorpe

Wood Turner, Furniture Designer/maker

Chris works independently across a range of disciplines spanning product, furniture and home-ware design. Working predominantly with wood Chris splits his time between crafting bespoke furniture and turning traditional wooden bowls, a process that can take up to six months. We went to visit Chris in his cowshed-turned-workshop in rural Cornwall.

 

 

WHAT DREW YOU TO WORKING WITH WOOD?
Initially it was how immediately rewarding it was. You could go from a rough, unremarkable chunk of wood, to a finished beautiful item in a relatively short amount of time.

 

 

 

DESCRIBE YOUR WORKING DAY
I usually take care of a bit of admin in the morning. Emailing and organising, then its off the the workshop. Walk the dog first, then a lot of my time is spent on the lathe, turning, but day to day projects I'm working on change so it hard to describe any one day. but its usually going to get me covered in shavings and dust.

 

 

 

WHAT LESSONS HAS MAKING THINGS FROM WOOD TAUGHT YOU?
I would like to sagely answer "patience" or "existentialism", but I am inherently impatient, and feel more connection with the physical act of making than anything else.

 

 

 

HOW DO YOU UNWIND AFTER A DAY IN THE WORKSHOP?
I often turn a bowl at the end of a long day. I love to make, and to make something purely for the pleasure of it helps sooth the soul of a day of making for someone else. I also love to surf, bike and make the most of living in a place as beautiful as Cornwall.

 

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER SOMEONE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS?
Before offering advice, I would ask them if they are, and would be doing it regardless. I believe a creative, and especially handmade business must be fuelled by passion and interest. These are the things that will make your business interesting, innovative, and enjoyable to be a part of, and must come first. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEE MORE OF CHRIS' WORK AT: headandhaft.co.uk and on headandhaft.tumblr.com

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