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Angus Ross

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Aberfeldy, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Angus Ross Cabinetmaker
Contact
English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 1887829857
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The woodlander

  • • Angus fell in love with making as a child
  • • Time spent volunteering in Africa has informed his work
  • • He is the co-owner of 55 acres of woodland

When Angus Ross was first working in wood, he decided to make a travelling chest for his wife, Lorna, who was a community midwife. It stored a collection of aromatherapy oils and had a central section with two lidded drawers that could be taken to home births. “I had a book of Witch Doctor masks from Africa, which had a sense of mystery and magical healing powers. The shape and proportions of the cabinet were directly influenced by those masks. I also liked the fact it was for a specific person and a specific function,” he says. Creating a narrative based around a person, place and function is still central to his designs. He is passionate about combining ancient techniques with traditional cabinetmaking, and sustainability is central to his ethos.

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Works

  • © Benedict Campbell
  • © Benedict Campbell
  • © Susie Lowe
  • © Susie Lowe
Photo: © Benedict Campbell
Medicine Cabinet

Angus made this medicine cabinet for his wife, who was working as a communi-ty midwife at the time. The design was inspired by the sense of mystery and healing power of tribal witchdoctor masks from Benin. Intended to hold small bottles of aromatherapy oil, it has two removable lidded drawers in the centre. Angus added to the sense of mystery by making the back and front of the cabi-net identical, so that it was not obvious how it opened. The personalised nature of the piece, designed for a specific person and with a specific function, pays tribute to the unique quality of handcrafted pieces.

Height 33 cm
Width 25 cm
Length 13

Angus Ross Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Benedict Campbell
Medicine Cabinet, Open

Angus made this medicine cabinet for his wife, who was working as a communi-ty midwife at the time. The design was inspired by the sense of mystery and healing power of tribal witchdoctor masks from Benin. Intended to hold small bottles of aromatherapy oil, it has two removable lidded drawers in the centre. Angus added to the sense of mystery by making the back and front of the cabi-net identical, so that it was not obvious how it opened. The personalised nature of the piece, designed for a specific person and with a specific function, pays tribute to the unique quality of handcrafted pieces.

Height 33 cm
Width 25 cm
Length 13

Angus Ross Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Susie Lowe
Frame Rocker

Here pictured in Scots or wych elm, this beautifully handcrafted, perfectly bal-anced rocking chair is available in several different hardwoods. The chair is made from eleven jointed components that create a continuous flowing line. The seat is shaped by hand, while the back is steam bent, using ancestral tech-niques.

Height 96 cm
Width 56 cm
Length 54

Angus Ross Cabinetmaker
Photo: © Susie Lowe
Spey Bench

The third in a series of benches based on Scotland’s rivers, Spey was created for Collect 2019. Its flowing forms capture the fast-flowing movement of the river, and the shape created by the fishing rod and line when Spey casting, a tech-nique that includes a change of direction.

Height 78 cm
Width 170 cm
Length 82

Angus Ross Cabinetmaker

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