Each piece is unique and as far removed from the world of mass production as possible. Ian Bell takes great pride in creating elegant one-of-a-kind handmade pieces for the discerning collector or anyone who appreciates the value of studio crafted objects.
No woodworking takes place until the design is resolved as much as possible with pencil and paper before moving into 3D. Then a variety of power and hand tools are used to shape and sculpt the timber which is then finished with several grades of sandpaper. The piece is now painted leaving an area of the finely sanded wood grain showing, which is then coated with 2-3 coats of buffing oil. The painted surface is then embellished with a detailed pattern painstakingly carved out by hand with small chisels and lastly the whole piece is treated with a sealant.
The end result is hopefully an organic form with contrasting textures which is subtle and aesthetically stimulating.