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Daniel Lacey

Daniel Lacey
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“My aim is to produce work of the highest quality, both in design and craftsmanship: work which exceeds my clients’ expectations and makes them ask, ‘how did you do that?’ “

Working almost exclusively in wood, Daniel tries wherever possible to use local woods for his creations of contemporary furniture. Having his own mobile sawmill even makes it possible to work from a standing tree to finished work of art - an extraordinary connection for the client. This 'storytelling' is fast becoming Daniel's favourite way of working

Inspiration comes from the hills, moors, woodland and water close to home - working in tune with, not against, nature and the environment he is passionate about.
Daniel's methods are a blend of innovative and traditional techniques - with every item (from the design concept to the final loving polish) made by master craftsman Daniel himself.

As the majority of Daniel’s work is to commission, his ‘outlets’ are mainly through word of mouth and at high-quality exhibitions. He has an online presence on the internet, but in practice finds that his pieces need to be seen and touched to appreciate the subtlety of design and quality of finish.

“My passion is designing and creating functional works of art from beautiful wood. I enjoy working with wood, taking it on a journey from tree to finished piece of furniture.”
Abbreviated CV – 2019/20

2011 - current
Working from own workshop in Langholm
1996 – 2011
Rented workspace in London and own workshop in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
1994 – 1996
Attended School for Master Craftsmen in Wood, Parnham College, Dorset

1996 -Graduate of Parnham College, Dorset
2019 Member of Society of Scottish Artists

Selected exhibitions
2012-2019 Spring Fling Open Studio, Dumfries & Galloway (annual)
2017-2019 Art&, York (annual)
2016 -2017 After the Storm , Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, with Scottish Furniture Makers
2014 -2017 Inspired at Goldsmiths Hall, London – (annual collaboration with British Silver Week and Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers)
2013 The Goldsmiths Company Pavilion, Somerset House, London
2005 – The Art of Furniture Making, Bonhams, London
2003 – The British Pavilion, Classique Belgium
1996 – graduate exhibition, Cork Street Galleries, London

5 Bespoke Guild Marks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers - dining tables (2), chair (1), cabinet (1), occasional table (1)
Jan and David Roberts Arts Award for outstanding work at Art& 2018

Selected Publications
2018 – The Times/Scottish Times – ‘Solway Log’ – bog oak story
2017 – Beyond Parnham , John Makepeace, Christopher Frayling
2011 – Furniture with Soul, Master Woodworkers and their Craft by David Savage
2007 – Bespoke, Source book of Furniture Designer Makers, Betty Norbury
1998 – A Celebration of Excellence, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers