About Jamie Gaunt
Jamie Gaunt is a designer and woodworker who hand carves homewares based in a workshop that lies in the heart of the 'Garden of England', Kent. Surrounded by oak, beech, birch, ash, hazel and alder woods, rolling hills and fertile farmland, this slice of England is a woodworkers paradise.
Fallen wood contributes 90% of the material from which Jamie crafts his work. The workshop may be where he wields a carving axe and knife but it's in these rich, diverse wooded areas that the hard work is really done. Nature has been growing the wood for a long time, centuries even, Jamie merely freezes it in a moment in time by designing something unique to help reveal its true and raw self.
Over the years the range of products made by Jamie has continually changed. Designs come and go, entire product lines have risen up then disappeared, styles and themes have evolved. The core of his work however, what binds it all together, has remained strong and is defined by a passion for whatever it is that he's currently working on. Back when Jamie first picked up some woodworking tools in Melbourne, where he was living at the time, a simple hardwood oil burner was what he was mostly creating in the workshop (aka laundry room). An effective design that launched 'Jamie Gaunt' on a path of making and selling. Undoubtably it was the popularity of this product that gave him the confidence to dig a little deeper into the woodworkers world. Jamie has long since retired the oil burner, consigning the last few to a 'museum' shelf at the back of the workshop where old designs gather sawdust. The constant evolution of ideas, techniques and tools drives him on, as it does many other woodworkers, to design pieces which are both beautiful and practical.