Greater Good Wood, a growing Social Enterprise that has thrived in a COVID world

Updated: Jan 6

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I chose to be a designer as an antidote to years of working in the international finance sector. I see it as my way of clawing back some karma.

What medium do you work in?

I work with wood, iron and lasers.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

Previously I was a global insurance and risk manager working out of Canary Wharf in London. I have also been a barman, a charity worker and a debt collector.

How has your practice changed over time?

I still consider myself VERY new to this design business so my practice changes from day to day as I try to see everything and practice a hundred new techniques. I get a little embarrassed by some of my work from even just last year.

How and when did you started creating?

I have always been a writer and dabbled with music but I didn't start working with wood until around 2018.

How would you describe your creations?

I would say that each of my pieces is unique. Whilst I make a lot of the same item - tables, chairs, coasters....whatever - the thing I love most about working with wood is that every single length or board of the stuff has its own character - particularly when you use old reclaimed wood and specially sourced hardwoods as I do - so no two breadboards or lamps will ever be the same even if they're built to the same spec.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the charities, social enterprises and community groups that my profits go to support. If not for the amazing response from these organisations I wonder if my lack of confidence in my finished product initially would have led me to give up. I am also deeply inspired/impressed by a number of the other artists whose work I have have been introduced to by SDX.

Where do you show / sell your art?

I sell my designs at both SDX stores, at a number of distilleries and stockists across scotland and on my own website (just as soon as I can fix my shipping issue).

Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

I think that art has a crucial role to play in community building and improvement. Whether that be traditional visual art, music, good design practice, graffiti, whatever! Any and all art is a way to bring communities together, to give everyone a voice, to allow us to show our love or humour or frustration or anger.

Who are your biggest influences?

My wife and children influence me more than anyone else. Maybe Roman Mars. =)

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

I think that in the current political climate, sadly, cartoonists, satirists, graffiti artists and protest singers have the most important voice.

What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

Without the support and (ongoing) advice of Lynzi and the SDX team, Greater Good Wood simply wouldn't have survived to this point. With their help, and taking advantage of their unique business model Greater Good Wood is going from strength to strength (despite Covid!). In just 18 months of operations we have moved to new, larger locations TWICE. I have been able to take on a member of staff and I have been able to reach more customers and so support more charities than I ever would have thought possible at this stage.

When I was asked to become a board member at SDX I jumped at the chance to lend my professional skills to an organisation which has been absolutely invaluable to my social enterprise.

Thank you to Greater Good Wood for participating in our blog.

You can shop some of their work in our online shop, click here

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