The concept of Scottish Wood Art began back in
2006 as a hobby. Since 2008/9, it has been taken to the level of a business, with clients in Scotland, Japan,
Brazil, Canada, Australia, and of course the U.S., to name but a few.
Already a wood turner in Scotland, preferring burr (burl in
the U.S.A.), Elm, and Spalted Birch (wood which has been invaded by a fungus which leaves a black line where
it travels through the wood and gives a very attractive 'marbled' effect); I've spent many hours learning the
skills of the wood turner, making some very much appreciated gifts for friends and
family, as well as an income from a very appreciative clientele. My sincere
thanks to you all.
2010 is going to be a very special year for me as I am going to be studying, to improve my
turning skills, under world famous professional wood-turner, Stuart Batty from Newcastle in England,
now living and working in Colorado.
My art, as with most art, is designed to enhance the home - and
with my medium, to bring the feeling of the altered state of the natural [wood] world into your home.
I can only think of one thing which is more rewarding and that's the love of a dog or a child! In other words, what
was once something to be put into the fire to burn as a fuel, is now transformed into an item of beauty, which sits
atop the mantelpiece producing beauty, instead of producing heat three feet below!!
Although turning gave a very satisfying outlet to my creative needs in the past, I wanted to do
something a bit different in addition, so when someone mentioned doing portrait drawings on wood, I began to think in a different direction. Instead of just
drawing on wood, I began to bring the wood to life by actually making
the wood the portrait! This was not a brand new technique; similar ideas had been around prior to that, (not
all of them complimentary to the subject) but I have now taken it to a different level, and my clients will happily agree!
Everyone loves wood. It is one of the most versatile plants
around and has been used for everything from building homes, bridges, stunningly beautiful furniture and
ocean-going ships, to musical instruments and kids toys for centuries. There are hundreds of different types
of wood world wide, some rare and endangered and some very common and in everyday use such as pine and
Baltic Birch, my preferred wood for all Scottish Wood Art portrait work, is a relatively
plentiful wood and is used in many areas including cabinet making, panelling, quality modelling etc. and is much
favored by artists and craftsmen due to its clean look and freedom from knots and blemishes. As it is a light wood,
it contrasts extremely well with a black background, showing the image at its very best. A truly unique but
inexpensive piece of art with a truly personal touch in any home or office.
I set very high standards for my
work and until I am 100% happy with the result, it simply doesn't leave my
You are therefore assured of accuracy and attention to detail and I
have no fear in telling my customers that the quality and accuracy of my portrait work will NOT be
Please note that ALL my portrait work is done by hand and is
not laser assisted.
The great thing about the Internet is that it allows people to have clients in any country in the world and
Scottish Wood Art clients can send their images from anywhere, at anytime and receive the proposed image
template returned very often within hours instead of waiting days or weeks for approval.
For details on how to order a piece please see the Contact Colin page.
For all you
lovers of beautiful items, hand made in sustainable woods
and for all of the terrific people who have already become my
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