23 Feb, 2018
The Otter Workshop was founded by Harry Langworthy. Harry is a bespoke carpenter and cabinet maker. Born in Devon in the 1950s, Harry grew up farming on Dartmoor in the 1960s and a love of woodwork has been a central part of his life for as long as he can remember. Throughout his somewhat madcap career (everything from marine conservation, to historic boat repair) he has always loved making things.
His work is inspired by English country furniture as well as shaker influences. He believes passionately in the idea that form follows function and that beautiful items usable items can enrich our everyday experience. Wood is an amazing material which evolves and changes through it's life and Harry loves the idea that the things he makes can become future heirlooms. Harry's products are all hand made and he uses traditional carpentry skills many of which have not changed in hundreds of years, indeed many of his tools have had generations of use! These days he can usually be found in his Devonshire workshop now on the banks of the river Tamar from where he designs and produces a wide range of hand crafted wooden items ranging from plates based on medieval designs to bespoke furniture.
At the festival Harry will demonstrate how to make tall stools, showing techniques for steaming timber strips to bend the legs, the lamination process for strengthening the legs, constructing the seat using scorp shaves/travishers and finally assembling the stool. He will also run hands-on workshops for festival goers to have a go at making their own small wooden cake plate on a small lathe.