From start to finish

Work by Gerard Scanlan

From start to finish

Where do you start? With an idea, a found object, a problem that needs solving. Or a spark of inspiration with no clear destination as yet. Creative experimentation in search of a way to give something we already know contemporary relevance. That’s where a maker starts. 

Design, form, shape, function

Design, form, shape and function quickly mark out the scope of the idea. The size, the purpose, the feel and where it will live. These aspects all throw up barriers that a creative maker enjoys pushing and challenging. How far can you go before you go too far and your idea implodes? Only when balance is found can the construction start.

The finish of a piece of furniture is often the second thing we notice after we have been struck by the overall design. And although the design is what draws us in, it is the finish that holds our attention. Subconsciously, we read the finish, and in a language we hardly even realise exists (never mind that we are actually versed in it) and deconstruct the work. The finish and attention to detail tell us a lot about the importance, relevance and value of a piece.

Not watching the clock

If a maker has gone to such trouble to ensure that everything is right, down to the very smallest details, you can see they take their work seriously. There are hours of skill and invention, hours of hard work and, oh yes, all the extra time to make sure it is just right. Time when the maker stopped watching the clock.

It is not a race, even though it has a start and a finish.

Dedication from start to finish.  

Cabinets of Curiosity

We are curious makers of things, things we dream up ourselves. Remarkable, useful, beautiful and original things. Sometimes they are made entirely by hand, sometimes partly by machine, in the future perhaps by robots. May be not robots. Always with an eye for detail and with an element of fun.

If you care to follow this blog and join our journey, we’ll share our successes and (occasional) failures with you and hopefully you’ll become a frequent visitor. Suppose that depends on us keeping you entertained. So let’s get on with the words and pictures.

Work in progress


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