Tim has been making baskets in his spare time for nearly twenty years. A lifetime of working and creating with his hands has left him with a low-tech approach to life, a philosophy that finds a perfect home in the sustainable ideologies of working in willow. With the inspiration from having been taught by the likes of Graham Glanville, Lise Bech, Joe Hogan, Eva Seidenfaden, Åne Lyngsgaard and Steen Madsen, his own work focuses on traditional styles and methods, from fishing baskets and traditional Irish potato baskets to creels for pack animals (and humans!). In recent years he has become interested in the regional techniques of Provence and Scandinavia, the latter finding fruition in collaborations between himself and Portsoy ceramic artist Kerstin Gren, with whom he exhibited in 2011 as part of a willow and ceramics exhibition, Fire and Fibre, at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow. He is beginning to explore the potential of the core basketmaking techniques and materials in more expressive work.

Exhibitions include a solo show at art.tm in Inverness in 2005, involvement in the Country Living Fair in 2005 and 2006 at the Scottish Basket Circle's stand, as well as an exhibition in 2010 at the Bield Gallery in Tibbermore where he combined his work in ceramics with his willow work. He was invited to submit work for the COAST festival exhibitions in Banff in 2012 and 2013. He regularly demonstrates at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy, and at the Fordyce Village Open Day.

Tim has a passion for teaching, relishing the challenge of finding the best way of helping students grasp the patterns involved in basketmaking. He has taught widely around the Highlands, catering from first time makers to those wishing to learn more advanced techniques. Courses can be mixed ability and technique; two day courses are preferred to allow scope for reinforcement of the techniques, though one day courses with more focused objectives are perfectly possible. He will teach up to eight people, with five or six being the minimum.

To arrange a course or enquire about commissioning a basket, please contact him via the Contact page.