I had already seen and been moved by Wycliffe Stutchbury’s work at Origin last year. He began as a furniture maker and became increasingly fascinated by the inherent history of wood: where it has been used and how it ages. He told me that he never buys his source material – he doesn’t need to. I know it’s pretty easy to find and collect old bits of wood, particularly in Sussex where he is based, but there is lyricism in the subsequent use. Each piece has a provenance so we know exactly where it came from.
I love the quiet contemplative quality of his work: you can tell that even the painstaking production is a form of meditation for him.