Friday, 16 June 2017

Bowl Carving course 29/30th July 2017

I am teaching a 2 day bowl carving course at the Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire close to the Ironbridge Gorge. Details available here: carving course

Learn to make a beautiful, functional wooden bowl using simple hand tools. 
Starting with a locally grown greenwood log, you will cover properties, function, design, tools and processes needed to make your own unique bowl. 
Suitable for novice and more experienced woodworkers, the course should give you sufficient confidence to continue carving at home. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

With only three weeks to go preparations for the Craft Festival in sunny Devon are hotting up!
This is a 'must see' event, so if you are in the south west make sure you come to visit the show. Lots of new work on display with hand-hewn bowls from small to huge and a ladle tree display - you need to come to find out what that is!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Studio now open


Now complete and ready to receive visitors! The new studio space allows me to have work always available to see in a more appropriate environment.

If you would like to come to see, and feel, the work first hand then please contact me to arrange a visit either by 'phone on 07779 967 710, or by email: alastair.dargue@hotmail.com. I don't have set hours so it isn't possible to just turn up.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair

This Friday to Sunday I'll be demonstrating bowl carving at the show in Henley on Thames. New work on display including the largest bowls I've ever carved! Not to be missed!!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Bowl Carving Season

Most times of the year are exciting for one reason or another. Now is the start of bowl carving for me and I've just started on the biggest tree ever!
The first cut reveals its secrets, and it didn't disappoint!

This is a hybrid black poplar, originally planted for match production, which has been left to grow on for about 100 years and has developed a wonderful walnut colour.
Most will be domestic salad/fruit bowls, but the temptation to make some big ones is too great!


These are roughed out and will be left to dry slowly to, hopefully, prevent splitting. They will be finished off in the late spring and should be available for the first show in May.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Showing Off exhibition, Ludlow 17th and 18th October

More of my new work will be on display along with other makers from the Shropshire and Worcestershire Guilds.

large poplar bowl, Venetian red detail


very large ladle in figured maple


poplar bowl, carved detail

Thursday, 18 June 2015

New work

large beech salad bowl no. 1512 with hazel servers

blue poplar bowl no. 1511, 47cmx15cm

blue poplar bowl no. 1513, 41cmx12cm

blue poplar bowl no. 1514, 51cmx18cm

carved poplar bowl no. 1515, 42cmx17cm

lovely coloured pearwood bowl no. 1516, 26cmx12cm