“I make work in green wood and allow it to dry so natural distortions take place. I like to work intuitively without too many rules, using wood from the local landscape. I often choose material that will give interesting and unpredictable results, for instance heartwood or wood from the fork of a tree, or a junction between trunk and branch.
I work intimately with each piece of wood on the lathe, endeavouring to create satisfying natural forms that establish a point from which the material can express itself through the drying process. When it is dry the finished work holds a story – revealing characteristics of the species, the age of the tree, which part it came from, and where and how it grew. Stresses in the wood determine how it shifts, folds or splits as the moisture content drops. This is what fascinates me.”

Adrian Mitchell