At his studio-workshop in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Angus Ross bends, moulds, sculpts and folds wood to create site specific commissions for private clients, interior designers and public spaces. The scale varies from intricate jewellery boxes to groups of large exterior functional art works. He also has a range of limited edition and micro-batch production furniture.
As a maker Angus is inspired by his material: wood and the processes involved working with it. He co-owns a local mixed woodland, Old Castle Wood, a few miles downstream from his workshop, and he is involved with growing, felling, milling and preparing timber for furniture making. The small sections of green oak produced led to a deep exploration of the ancient art of steam-bending. This method was used for centuries in Scotland to make barrels and fishing boats and he is now an acknowledged master of the technique achieving new precision, complexity and scale.
Aesthetically Angus is inspired by structure and the balance of line and space and his work is characterised by pure flowing lines. As a designer Angus is principally concerned with function and the whole experience of interacting with each piece of furniture. Where possible he also likes to introduce fun and an element of surprise.
Angus has a background in commercial product design with a BSc Industrial Design from Napier University and he retrained in furniture making at the renowned Rycotewood College, Oxfordshire. His work is published, exhibited and collected internationally.