UK Crafts Council Maker of the Month, September 2019
Angus was interviewed by Frannie Glass and in her article she describes his journey to become a leading designer maker.
Here are some extracts:
Angus’s practice consists of three fundamental pillars: design, craftsmanship and wood.
From industrial pharmaceutical design to a cabinet making course to working directly from a sustainable, co-owned Scottish woodland, these pillars developed alongside his career while nurturing his value system along the way.
….. Angus had taken a sabbatical and gone to Kenya to help build schools in the outback: “I’d got a slight realisation about how little you need to live on…. When I came back, I always had in the back of my mind – we’re generating this huge volume of plastic and where is it going? I started to think, this isn’t really what I want to do… I want to develop my own work that will be, in a lot of ways, more sustainable. And that’s when I started looking at wood”.
…. “A lot of the trees … are around 100-120 years old, while the root systems underneath are probably about 200-300 years old”. … “gnarled and old, coming out at different angles, pippy and knotty”
Now Angus embraces the eccentricities of wood that he may well have rejected in the early years of his practice: “I want to make it work,” he says, and he most certainly does.
Read the full article Angus Ross on Skill, Sustainability and Steam-bending on the Crafts Council website here.
Stunning portrait by Angus Blackburn for Scottish Field Magazine, The Luxury Issue on sale during September. It was great to see photographer Angus have a unique approach and compose one fabulous shot in the spray booth.
Our workshop is open until Sunday 15th September for Perthshire Open Studios.
Delighted with lovely two page article by writer, historian and TV presenter Jonathan Foyle in FT Weekend House and Home this weekend.
“Artisans – A Scot who pines for oak. The Scottish countryside is replete with fir trees yet Angus Ross turns to local oak to craft outdoor furniture”
The feature has a comprehensive overview of Angus’s career path, from designer of plastic domestic products through re-training in fine furniture making and setting up a shared studio in Oxfordshire, to the move to Aberfeldy and developing a practise steam-bending our local oak.
The article mentions two benches made with wood from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh as part of the After The Storm Project. The Holding Bench for the MS Society (above right) and the one-off Resilience Bench.
The two portraits of Angus are by Robert Ormerod
Country Living magazine, May 2019
Last year we had a wonderful photographer, Nato Welton, visit our bluebell wood during bluebell time. In Scotland this is usually late May/early June so it is a long time since his visit, and bluebell time still feels a long way off. However if you would like bluebells, workshops and country living please read the article by Kate Langrish in the magazine – on sale now.
Many thanks to photographer Nato Welton and Country Living for allowing us to share the images.
Please note that we are not “open at weekends” as stated in the article, but only by appointment.
We will be having a Workshop and Woodland Open Day on the 25th May. The workshop will be open to all, but the numbers for the woodland tour will be limited. I will set up an Eventbrite booking system soon, but do please email if you would like to reserve a place.
Old Castle Wood is a few miles downstream from the workshop and co-operatively owned by five families. We get together for work days and holidays, and lightly manage the wood to improve timber, bio-diversity and access for others. The wood is open to those who walk, cycle or paddle in.
To read the article please click the link below.
Our Furniture Maker Mike Storey and the Collectors Chair features in The Times today (Scottish Edition).
“Angus Ross, an established woodworker with a studio based in Perthshire, has shown clients globally that Scottish wood is inherently durable. His material comes from an ancient woodland that he co-owns, and is ethically managed, on the banks of the River Tay. Wood in Ross’s cabinets and credenza is bent and folded using traditional steaming techniques what is acknowledged as a kind of timber sorcery. He has also been appointed as a mentor for the Crafts Council, a body that promotes makers across the UK.”
The Global Love Affair with Scottish Wood
Gabriella Bennett, The Times, Friday March 30th 2018
We are thrilled to currently be a featured Maker on the Craft Scotland Craft Directory https://www.craftscotland.org/craftdirectory
During March they are featuring seven makers who are working towards a more sustainable practice and we are doing an instagram takeover on 21st March.
This features our workshop. craft and steam-bending.
We have also recently joined the Green Crafts Initiative (GCI), a joint project between Craft Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland.