Mark Laycock wood working, kitchen design, wood craft

About Me

I was told at school I would never make a woodworker regardless of my enthusiasm ... so I studied music!

In the early 1990’s I re-discovered my passion for woodwork and began woodturning as a hobby which led me to go into business with a friend running a timber merchants. The business ran a sawmill converting trees into usable timber, supplying cabinetmakers, woodworkers and colleges throughout Northern England.

During this period I taught myself some basic woodworking skills to enable me to make furniture for my home using the stunning array of unusual timbers I came across in my work. These early pieces inspired me to improve my skills and take on small projects for friends and family.

In 2003 my wife and I decided to move to Robin Hood’s Bay where I opened a workshop making small furniture items and wooden gifts.

Over the last 11 years I've honed my skills and now accept commissions for projects large and small with clients throughout the UK and Europe.

I'm continually hunting for unusual and intriguing English timbers and over the years I've amassed a fantastic collection of wood.

Often an unusual piece of timber is the only inspiration needed to create a beautifully unique but practical piece of furniture. These pieces can often be sculptural in design and very rarely are two pieces the same.

I am happy to work to architects designs and to create pieces that will complement existing items the client may already own.

In my work I hope to be able to show the respect and amazement I feel for trees and the timber they provide.

I can still remember the first tree I felled and then cut into planks on the sawmill, the feelings the experience evoked have stayed with me and inspired me. I continually develop my skill to enable me to create all the pieces I find emerging from my mind.

I often find I have to make adjustments to the ideas I have for a piece of work, the wood dictates how it should be used and not to follow it would result in not achieving the full potential it has.

Trees by their very nature are imperfect; these imperfections are often a testament to the life of the tree. Disease, drought, war, long summers and harsh winters all contained in the colour and grain of the wood. It is my task to show this in the best way.

Mark Laycock

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