Gavin Phillips

Gavin Phillips –

Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it?

I supply ease and confidence. When someone makes something they did not know they were capable of, their self-esteem rises. And if they use it daily, that self-esteem is reinforced.

I teach and popularise greenwoodworking by showing people how to convert their energy into objects they can use. Whether that be a wooden spatula to flip eggs, or a porridge-stirring spurtle turned on the pole-lathe, or a chair from fresh-felled local timber, you will have shaped it – often in under 30 minutes. I love doing this because I believe a confident society will be a happier and more tolerant society.

I also encourage folk to bake sourdough bread. All you need is starter, water flour and salt. Work physically alongside me or virtually by mail order and you’ll have bread you’ll love within a very few baking attempts.

What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
There are no traffic jams, there are lots of trees and it is not too hot!

Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
You bet! I recently started to promote use of old-fashioned cross-cut saws.

What projects are you involved in right now?
Creating a consortium of tutors to deliver pop-up courses at shows and events

Hopes, ambitions or plans for the future?
Deliver pop-up courses at shows and events.

Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
I occasionally do door-to-door market research. I was an accountant.

If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
Gavin qualified as a chartered accountant in New Zealand

Gavin Phillips
5 Port St, Dalbeattie, DG5 4BE
01556 611 380