West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Tom Banks


Wooden Tom (Tom Banks ) lives and works in the Cairngorms where he runs green wood workshops and crafts beautiful pieces. Here's Wooden Tom explaining his love for wood...  

I work with wood, both as craftsman and as a teacher.  I have a passion for wood,  for its texture and also because it makes me feel close to nature.   For my own part I am happiest when emphasizing its natural beauty, and it’s important to me that the materials I choose are sustainably sourced, and thus my work plays its part in keeping our outdoors at its best. 

   When I hold classes I have the chance to share my passion and my traditional skills of wood carving with my students.   My teaching sessions are taught using only hand tools because I find without the noise and speed of power tools we ourselves begin to relax and work with the grain of the wood rather than against it.

  I have carved wood for many years and for me it is a welcome escape from the stresses the we all know in modern life.   Perhaps especially I love watching the process from start to finish of a piece of wood becoming ... whatever I wish it to be!  It keeps me happy and I would like to share this gift with you. 


I studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles at Glasgow School of Art, 1986 – 1990. After graduation I worked as a Costume Assistant and Maker for many well-known companies such as the BBC, ITV, Scottish Opera, The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.  In 2003 I began lecturing in Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art. 

Throughout this period I designed a range of textile accessories, selling to high-end boutiques and department stores in North America, Japan and Europe.

Whilst lecturing part time at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, my research turned to the incorporation of silver and textiles using electrodeposition.  In 2006 I was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship to study a practice led PhD. Combining my knowledge of shaped resist Shibori textiles with silver electrodeposition, I examined my making process through Reflective Practice.  My work intertwined contemporary design with tradition, soft textiles and hard metals, hand and machine skills. The culmination of my research was an exposition and thesis entitled “Silver as Dye: The Organic Idiom of Shibori and Electrodeposition”, successfully defended in 2010.

My designer maker business has a portfolio of products and services.

 ·        Miniature Textile Artefacts

·        Textile Crafts workshops

·        Research

·        Textile Design

 Visit Sara Keth's website for more about Sara and her work.