The Creative Process
“Once I start creating, I do not know where the structure will end.”
The wooden sculptures take shape in a music-filled workshop at the bottom of Rob’s garden. Each one takes weeks to complete, including time spent just sitting and staring at the pieces, musing about how they are going to develop.
Inspiration usually starts with a bough of wood – cut from local trees or found lying in the fields close to Rob’s home. The form follows the shape and twists of the branch, informing the design. There may be sketches, but no rigid plans. The Bough Houses develop from a sense of how Rob wants the journey within that sculpture to feel, or the way in which he would like one to be able to travel between different areas within the form.
The individual elements of the sculptures are hand cut or carved and fixed using pins and glue – right down to the last wooden roof tile. Rob’s attention to detail and meticulously accomplished workmanship mean that the structures are deceptively robust. They are not delicate, they are meant to be played with and are as strong as they are beautiful.
In effect these are the real deal, not models, but real on a very unusual scale. Rob’s children love to play with the Bough House that he built for them and the quality of workmanship has stood the test of time – but they are more than a physical thing – you can spend hours wandering the walkways and turrets and paths in your own mind. These are truly inspirational pieces of art.