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Adrian McCurdy


Carved Stool, 1995

oak, hand carved rosettes with leaf and lozenge pattern (early 16th century style carving)
H:49cm W:52cm D:37cm
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Adzed-Top Stool, 2013

cleft oak with wax finish
H:50cm W:42cm D:42cm
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Low Black Table, 2021

riven oak with gall ink
H:41cm W:46cm D:34cm
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Display Table, 2023

riven and sawn oak with gall ink
H:69cm D:48cm
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Elm Table, 2023

elm and riven oak
H:69cm D:68cm
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Adrian McCurdy

Born: 1953
Place of Birth: Kendal

I have managed to blend uncomplicated jointing with sculptural minimalism expressed through the wood craft of cleft oak. Referring back to early styles of cottage furniture has become a frequent source of inspiration and rudimentary character. I like things to last well and be relevant over time to fresh interpretation.

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.

‘My roots in traditional crafts go back to childhood experiences in a home where hand making furniture was my father’s career and regular conversation subject. We even had a lesson in cutting bread. I took a somewhat contrary direction by choosing art college and painting, but perhaps unsurprisingly found earning an income easier using what felt like natural wood-skills. I found a part-time opportunity that brought me to the Scottish Borders 45 years ago to assist Tim Stead with furniture. Although Tim’s preference to folk art was greater than mine, the simple approach he practised made sense to me.’ – Adrian McCurdy, 2023

Public collections include: Perth Art Gallery and Museum; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Globe Theatre, London; Ann Getty Collection, Hawaii.

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