About

 

Tammy Crawford-Rolt

 

I am a designer/maker who handcrafts custom furniture, The Trio Collection and other bespoke projects for community spaces, independent organisations and individuals.

The wood I use for the Trio Collection and other small commissions is either reclaimed from other local carpenters, local timber merchants or from Bristol’s not-for-profit wood recycling project. Working with these eco-friendly materials I design and create bespoke pieces.

 

My story into the woodworking world:

Since a young age I always enjoyed making things and being practical.  I would invent designs, was fascinated by nature, particularly woodlands and was always making things with bits and pieces.  As a teenager I became particularly interested in architecture, landscape and interior design.

This led me to go and study Art, Design & the Environments; Spatial Design at Central Saint Martins in London.  I was drawn to working on community, public and outdoor spaces.  I would transform 2D drawings into 3D objects through play.  I became obsessed with natural Scandinavian design and organic materials such as wood.

After graduating I got involved with Community Gardens, wildlife projects and Architecture for Humanity.  This is when I really began working with wood and started to make things using reclaimed timber.  I had to be creative and resourceful with the materials and tools I could get hold of.

I moved to Bristol in 2015 and this is when my passion and path to become a Designer/Maker using wood really began.

At the start I was designing & making less refined outdoor planters and seating schemes using reclaimed timber.  I would use what I could find and predominantly just sand and cut before the making started.  However as I developed my woodworking skill set learning from the makers around me, freelance work and joinery workshops, I began to experiment more.  I originally would have an idea and then begin making, however now there are many processors from initial ideas, prototyping and jig making, carefully analysing and machining the timber, cutting, joining and assembling, planning, chiselling and sanding, oiling and product strength testing before final sanity checks.  When making batches of items, jigs and stages are really helpful in improving productivity and consistency.

I now have my own workshop on Gloucester Road with all the woodworking kit to keep me busy for years to come.

My ethos:

I strongly believe in supporting local resources, the quality and labour of love in handmade items.  I also believe in the ability of plants to enhance both the natural environment and our well-being, particularly in urban landscapes. My work brings vegetation inside, and supports people to flourish and grow outside.

Particular interests in the exploration of bespoke sustainable schemes which aim to improve our communities and conservation areas within urban and rural environments. Bringing cultures, communities and wildlife together to improve spaces and provide inclusive training opportunities in the spaces we inhabit.

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