Alison Crowther: The Woodcarvers Studio

A series of vignettes by film maker JP Davidson reveal true insight into Alison Crowther’s studio practices and culture.

The series of short films, filmed at Crowther’s Studio, entitled ‘The Wood Carvers Studio’, made by Triptik Films are now available on her YouTube channel.

Alison Crowther is a sculptor and furniture maker working exclusively with English Oak, sustainably sourced from within the South Downs National Park. Crowther’s sensitivity to her medium manifests in large-scale works reflecting the complex geometry of nature.

Guided by the natural characteristics of the wood – often embracing the gnarly surface texture, Crowther’s sculptures are true to the organic nature of the oak, while also complementing the environments in which they are to be ultimately used and displayed. The wood itself is on a continuous process of change and refinement as the timber ages and weathers, adding to its beauty and character. Using tools that range from chainsaws to chisels, all her work is painstakingly hand-carved.