For this week’s ‘Meet the Producer’ we’ve headed down to Gloucestershire to meet the husband and wife team Dave & Michelle Jones owners of Woodwose Carving.
These carvings first caught my eye several years ago and I’ve watched with interest as the business has grown and their range of products increased and now they’ve reached the kitchen with their beautifully crafted wooden spoons and bowls I could wait no longer to tell you about them.
Dave, the carver has a career in high end furniture making and teaching of woodwork when a few years ago he began to carve faces into wood as a way to relax at the end of the day. His passion for wood carving grew, his experience grew and Woodwose Carving was born.
Following successful sales of the Woodwose Carvings at local craft fairs, Dave and Michelle quickly took a decision to market the stunning individual handcrafted products and to run Woodwose Carving as a home based online business. This is where Michelle comes in, she’s the woman behind the website, marketing and managing the day to day running of the business.
Over the years the Woodwose ethos has developed naturally to aim to bring quality and individually handcrafted art created with minimum impact to the environment. All of their pieces are made from responsibly sourced wood – fallen, found, donated or purchased from managed woodlands. Wherever possible they use British grown wood to reduce their carbon footprint.
Not only does Woodwose Carving produce a selection of individual carvings and crafts but now excitingly they market a delightful selection of simple but beautiful kitchen utensils in their range – perfect for the foodie in your life. Head over to the Woodwose Carving shop for more details of their individual pieces or to arrange a commission.
The future of Woodwose Carving is looking rosy, they’ve plans in place to work collaboratively with other artists who share a similar ethos such as sourcing sustainable materials and supporting local, home-grown enterprise. The aim ultimately is to give-up their day jobs and thoroughly immerse themselves into the business from setting up carving and woodcraft workshops to running a country retreat with studio facilities for artists.
In the meantime they’re loving what they do and hope they can continue to produce beautiful pieces which people will love and cherish for years to come.
You can keep up with all the new from Woodwose Carving over on Twitter, Facebook or over on the Woodwose Carving website.
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