Born, raised and educated in Orkney, Kevin Gauld has been working with wood since his childhood. He left school in 1996 at the age of 16 to launch his career as an apprentice with a well-known local furniture maker who had the reputation of high quality craftsmanship. He founded The Orkney Furniture Maker in 2007 with the aim of producing traditional furniture alongside his own designs. His work brings together his passion for local traditional techniques and materials, combining them with innovation and design to create unique pieces with a connection to his island home. Kevin aims to run a zero waste business. The sawdust leftover from his creations is passed on to local butchers and fishmongers to smoke their wares. Smaller cuttings are used to fuel his wood burner which heats his workshop during the colder months. Even his oat straw leftover from his chair backs doesn't go to waste; the oats themselves feed his chickens and unsuitable straw is used for their bedding.
Come and visit us at Bard in Leith to see Kevin’s work, or get in touch with us directly.