“When I begin carving I look for the differing qualities in each piece, allowing the grain and character to influence the design. Each spoon evolves to have its own personality and when finished becomes a showcase for the limitless beauty of wood.” Nic Webb
Each of these spoons has been hand carved, using traditional tools and techniques. The timber is worked green, (fresh living wood) and is collected on walks around the British Isles or overseas.
“When I begin carving I look for the differing qualities in each piece, allowing the grain and character to influence the design. Each spoon evolves to have its own personality and when finished becomes a showcase for the limitless beauty of wood.”
Nic Webb graduated from Brighton College in 1994 with a degree in Fine Art. Since then he has worked as a painter and maker and is currently based in Camberwell, South East London within a community of artists and makers at Vanguard Court Studios. He is 37.
‘I am passionate about working with wood. It is a natural material that is both ethical and sustainable to use. I work with a combination of traditional tools and modern methods to achieve hand crafted objects of contemporary art and design.’
‘I love to work with green wood (fresh living wood) because of its malleability. It can twist and move in the process of seasoning, creating wonderful natural surprises. It allows great freedom in my making and designs can evolve from the unique nature of every piece of wood I choose.’
‘The woods I use come from many sources. I am particularly keen on British deciduous woods as I spent my childhood in Suffolk surrounded by woodland. I enjoy walking and use these trips to collect my wood from all over the UK. I have close working relationships with local tree surgeons from whom I receive timber from the many parks and gardens of London.’
‘I intend to pursue an organic approach to making. Allowing materials to suggest both form and narrative. I look to explore themes of germination and decay, creating objects that appear not to have been made by hand, more that they have grown or been formed by processes of natural erosion. I am keen to expand my use of materials to bring further colours, textures and qualities to my work.’
’In 2010, my work will be on exhibition in London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Chicago, Tokyo and Seoul (South Korea), and I shall continue running workshops and teaching green woodworking techniques at my studio in London.’