Martin grew up on a smallholding in Devon, got an English Literature degree from Oxford University, then returned to the woods ten years ago to follow a career doing more of what he loves, caring for trees and making the best use of their wood. He has worked with woodland managers, charcoal burners, sawmillers, chainsaw carvers, shire-horse extraction teams, tree fellers, coservationists, green woodworkers, timber framers and woodland owners to learn their skills and how to apply them. His passion is engaging people with nature and with their hands, he taught as a woodland tutor at Ruskin Mill college in 2011, and is the conservation group leader at the Sharpham Trust estate in Ashprington He has an alaskan chainsaw mill to convert timber on-site, and experience in the proper drying and sale of wood. He makes furniture and sculpture from locally grown woods on commission, and is passionate about managing South Devon woodlands for wildlife and timber production.
He is fully qualified and insured for all ground based chainsaw work.
He creates unique furniture and sculptural pieces working with the organic shapes in the wood. His work combines traditional skills with modern tools, to create useful and also beautiful items.
Sometimes a tree is in the wrong place or grows too big: why not make it into a seat for you to remember it by?