At the top of the Victoria and Albert Museum you can find a vast furniture collection. Here you can admire several Chippendale cabinets but also other pieces from known artists such as twentieth-century gems by Eileen Gray and a simple wood and straw design with humble origins: an Orkney chair made in the 1890s by David Kirkness.
Kevin Gauld works at the moment for The Orkney Furniture Maker. He left school at the early age of 16 when he became an apprenticed to a local craftsman. Kevin set up on his own in 2007, aged 26, and now operates out of a workshop overlooking Kirkwall Bay. ‘
Ten years later by the year of 2017 he set up on his own and at the moment he operates out of a workshop overlooking Kirkwall Bay.
He explains that: ‘This chair is much more than just a piece of furniture. It is a piece of history telling a story of Orkney life and the people who live on the islands.’
Kevin loves his work and he wants to ensure that the materials he uses are the very best so he hand-cuts himself straws to make his chairs.
All work developed is made by hand with love and dedication by this young man. Although he doesn’t have a fancy studio, works hard in simple conditions.
In this picture we can see his barn much better. Nothing stops him from doing what he loves the most and he persues his art.
The straw is sewed with a giant needle. Check out the process in this picture
He uses simple and traditional tools and that only makes his work and dedication even more valuable.