Welcome to ANGUS ROSS.
Angus Ross is an award winning international designer and maker with a loyal client base across the globe. Nominated for numerous awards and exhibited internationally he has been hailed as one of the leading lights in British furniture making.
Please view our short film for glimpses of the beautiful Scottish Highlands where we are based, the woodland where we source our native hardwood timber and our workshop where we create beautiful, unique, contemporary furniture and public art.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to challenge our techniques and skills to achieve greater efficiency and innovative new designs.
Steven Gray - Senior Maker and Workshop Manager (left)
Organised perfectionist, Steven has worked with the company since 2005 after studying furniture at City of Glasgow College. An exceptional maker in his own right he also ensures the smooth running of the workshop.
Mike Storey - Apprentice (right)
Mike will complete a three year apprenticeship in June 2016 after coming to us as a school leaver. He is the first to achieve an internationally recognised traditional furniture making qualification through our workshop.
Angus is committed to celebrating the traditional craft skills involved in fine furniture making. We have had many students and graduates work with us over the years and Angus is currently a Mentor for the Crafts Council for the Hothouse Programme.
Angus Ross was selected by Walpole for the prestigious Crafted programme in 2012.
We welcome visitors to our workshop but in order to avoid disappointment please contact us first to arrange a time before visiting.
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Sustainable Native Hardwoods
We use native British hardwoods and we are proud that most of our oak is sourced from Old Castle Wood a few miles downstream from the workshop.
We are co-owners of this beautiful broadleaf mixed woodland which has a very high bio-diversity and amenity value. The woodland is predominately oak planted over a hundred years ago and then rather neglected so became over-crowded. We carefully select and fell a few trees each year in order to improve the surrounding trees. We mill on-site and take the tree through all processes to prepare for fine furniture making.
We are members of the Association of Scottish Hardwood Saw-millers and sell products with The Scottish Working Woods label.
Our supply of local green (undried) wood led to a deep exploration of the ancient art of steam-bending. Saturating the wood with steam allows us to simultaneously season the wood and achieve our iconic flowing shapes.
Steam-bending was used for centuries in Scotland to make barrels and fishing boats. We are acknowledged masters of the technique achieving new precision, complexity and scale. Our steam-bent furniture has been nominated four times for the UK TRADA Wood Awards for furniture: Tay Bench, Spring Benches, Y desk and Unstable Stool.
Much of our work is by commission and Angus draws heavily on his background in design. As a designer Angus is principally concerned with the quality of the experience users feel whilst interacting with our furniture. Essentially this should be pleasurable and sometimes fun with elements of surprise. Design comes after a distillation of research into the user(s), the purpose and function, the site and the materials. Model making is an essential part of Angus's design process.
After graduating from Napier University, Edinburgh with BSc Industrial Design in 1985 Angus spent the next five years in London working in commercial product design for British High Street brands. He retrained in practical furniture making in order to work in a more personal and rewarding way offering a service as a designer AND a maker.
Our commissions for private collectors and public spaces are often site specific. To see examples of our public work please view the public art section of the website.
We are a small company and offer a personal service. Whether you want to buy an existing product from our showroom, order an existing design or commission us to make something a unique to you we will be delighted to assist you - please don't hesitate to get in touch
LORNA ROSS runs the office. She has been involved in Angus's many projects since 1990 and joined as a director when we became a limited company in 2010. Lorna has a background in midwifery, education and research and a long term interest in craft and design.
and last but not least our workshop dog - Floyd