Graham Ikin comes from a long line of artisans and craftsmen with carpenters, boot-makers and artists in his genealogy. So it was no surprise that from an early age he has designed and made furniture from wood.
In his teenage years he built three boats of increasing size and complexity and made furniture for himself and his family. However, this enterprise was firmly suppressed on leaving school with modest qualifications by the need to earn a living. He was apprenticed to an engineering company and gained technical qualifications while rising through the company to Board level. During this period furniture making was sidelined while the creative aspect of his personality was directed towards engineering design.
Enterprise re-established itself in 1992 when Graham set up his own engineering business which flourished until its sale as a going concern in 2009.
Over more recent years and with more time for himself the spark of creativity, never far below the surface led him to start designing and making furniture once more. Since then Graham has exhibited many times at the prestigious Celebration of Craftsmanship in Cheltenham and has also completed many successful commissions. He shows regularly at the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair and other well known venues.
His style has its roots in Art Deco but with a contemporary feel using a variety of timbers to add interest and shape to the design. He works alone from his Cotswolds workshop but his furniture is now in homes across the country.
Graham is pleased to have been recently elected to full membership of the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen. This link will take you to their website.