Traditional woodworking skills within my family background were an early influence, with a cart-builder & ecclesiastical woodcarvers amongst my ancestors!
I was naturally drawn then to working with the very tactile medium of wood & after leaving Art College I took a course in woodworking, honing my skills ~ I was largely self-taught as at that time there was no furniture making course in my region.
Becoming a professional furniture designer maker in 1980, I’m now a Master Craftsman & am experienced in carving; inlaying; parquetry & turning amongst other things.
I love to create pieces which I feel happily stand their ground in the world of Art whilst serving a practical purpose & I make all kinds of furniture but particularly enjoy creating bespoke commissioned pieces that carry special meaning, sometimes reflecting a client’s specific interest or marking an occasion.
Using conventional methods I create contemporary & traditional designs for domestic, corporate & public spaces as well as for places of worship & whilst predominantly using solid wood I sometimes incorporate other materials too, such as glass or metal.
My inspiration is drawn from myriad things including our World & significant events, my own experiences and those of others.
Previous pieces that I’ve created include a bed about love relationships; cabinets reflecting Maori philosophy; a wardrobe about Celtic runic tree lore & a piece celebrating the DC3 ‘Dakota’ ~ an aircraft that’s a wonderful example of practical design hand-in-hand with a strikingly stylish appearance!
I regard my experience within my profession as ever-evolving & to have opportunities to make extraordinary pieces that have clear emotional expression means a great deal to me ~ I am very thankful then for the support of all those who commission original, functional Art & Craft & share the understanding of its worth!
Tim Hawkins Gallery
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