Adrian Mitchell works in green or wet wood and allows it to dry in controlled conditions so natural distortions take place, sometimes over several months. Often choosing material that will give interesting and unpredictable results, for instance wood from the fork of a tree, or a junction between trunk and branch.
Working intimately with each piece of wood on the lathe, Adrian endeavours to create satisfying forms that establish a point from which the material can express itself through the drying process. When it is dry the finished work holds a story – revealing characteristics of the species, the age of the tree, which part it came from, and where and how it grew. Stresses in the wood determine how it shifts, folds or splits as the moisture content drops.