If I were taught about fire breathing dragons in science at school then they’d be as real to me as dinosaurs. They told me Pluto was a planet and I wasn’t going to question it. Our young minds can accept facts printed in a text book, but I realise how little of things we can really acknowledge or take an impression from unless they’re there, right in front of our face.
The Egyptians were always interesting in a ‘horrible history’ type of way. But it wasn’t until I started studying design that I began to get a real grasp of what extraordinary crafts people they were, and with regards to a timeline how absurdly advanced this was. This cosmetics box is 4000 years old, it’s better preserved than items 400 years old but that’s another matter. What I’m looking at is the intricate work and dovetails in the drawer front. Many people are aware that the Egyptians used dovetails but it’s easy to expect them to be primitive, large scale ‘mark I’ type joints – think of Medieval ones thousands of years later. It never ceases to amaze me the level of finesse that was actually achieved.
Ancient design has always fascinated me and I’ve been able to appreciate it even more of late since I’ve started cutting joints of my own. There’s a mystery in the works of these civilisations and it’s designs such as a simple box seen here that form the inspiration for nearly everything created since.
Richard has always been going backwards in his furniture making, and by backwards I mean headed towards primitive. When we met he was close to having flared sleeves and being a very modern ‘designer maker’. My hope is that he’ll de-evolve right back a few more thousand years so that we can have some nice ancient inspired furniture, and if I can’t twist his arm soon I might just have to commission something off him instead.