Alex Walshaw is an artist and maker who works with naturally fallen and reclaimed wood. Foraging for wood locally being sensitive to the ecology by not taking too much, as fallen wood provides a rich habitat for many living organisms and also over time rotting back down providing nutrients for the forest soil awaiting new seeds to germinate, thus continuing the cycle.
Alex started his journey in wood back in 1995 whilst living on the island of Anglesey, North Wales where he studied green wood working with master craftsman Hugh Roberts. Alex spent his years in Wales as a yurt dweller; a nomadic tent made from steam bent wood and canvas, heated by a small wood burning stove. Living close to the land and becoming attuned to the seasons engendered a deep love of nature and became a source of inspiration to this day.
After his years in Wales, going on to work with various makers such as the yurt maker Hal Wynne Jones, Alex developed his own intuitive way of working .
Using ancient methods with a selection of hand tools Alex creates objects of a sculptural nature. The act of making is just as important as the finished object, being present in the whole unhurried process, wood carving becomes a meditation and a deeply joyful experience.
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