Adrian McCurdy has worked with wood since an early age. With a background in Fine Art, Adrian’s career moved first from painting to a development of unique wood-skills in furniture and more recently carved panels. From his workshop in the Scottish Borders, Adrian produces furniture using quality local timber and craft techniques both long established and contemporary, often working with storm damaged wood felled by local saw-mills.
'In most cases I use wood from trees that have come to the end of their life. When a suitable log catches my eye, I've had it cut to length and delivered to my work place. Not shopping for 'planked-timber' means I can be resourceful with nail-impregnated hedge-trees or the occasional lightening struck park-tree. Storm damage is the norm as large trees become more susceptible to losing major limbs. Bigger trees offer the greater possibilities and are surprisingly less wasteful than smaller trees. Quite simply there is less wastage (unless there happens to be a hidden knot inside).
I like to treat each piece as a sculptural exercise with the permutations seemingly endless as to what to use and how it might best combine with other components. Leg shapes combined with top or seat is an obvious case. The shapes collected (over many years) set the boundary of possibilities.' - Adrian McCurdy, 2021
Adrian is part of our current group exhibition, In the Grain, which runs until 24th April at The Scottish Gallery.
Low Table Stool I View details
Low Table Stool I2020cleft oak, gall ink, hard wax-oilH:41cm W:53cm D:35cm£540Low Table Stool II View details
Low Table Stool II2020cleft oak, rosewood, gall ink, hard wax-oilH:41cm W:53cm D:32cmSoldTwo-Seater Bench View details
Two-Seater Bench1999Cleft oak with adzed and wax finishH:48cm W:120cm D:37cm£2,650Cleft Oak Stool View details
Cleft Oak Stool2016Cleft oakH:40cm W:43cm D:41cm£640Cleft Bench View details
Cleft Bench2015Cleft oak with spoke-shaved and wax finishH:50cm W:34cm L:127cm£1,750Black Ripples Cross (view 1) View details
Black Ripples Cross (view 1)2014carved oak, paint, lime waxH:50cm W:55cm D:3cm£1,200Black Ripples Cross (view 2) View details
Black Ripples Cross (view 2)2014carved oak, paint, lime waxH:50cm W:55cm D:3cm£1,200Wave Dish View details
Wave Dish2011cleft and turned oak from the Scottish Borders (the turned pebbles are made from wood that was once part of an ancient suspension bridge at Kalemouth)H:9cm W:49cm D:24.5cm£995Photograph: Shannon ToftsWave Dish (detail) View details
Wave Dish (detail)2011cleft and turned oak from the Scottish Borders (the turned pebbles are made from wood that was once part of an ancient suspension bridge at Kalemouth)H:9cm W:49cm D:24.5cm£995Photograph: Shannon Tofts