duncan copley

Born in the Duddon Valley in West Cumbria in 1966 Duncan Copley had many jobs in industry and practical experience of manufacturing before turning to furniture design.

Since 1989 he has run his own business from his large workshop in Ulverston in the Lake District. Here he designs and builds to commission hand-made works ranging from individual pieces of furniture to complete interior treatments and architectural structures.

His artist-led design company re-examines the ways in which we interact with our environment on a practical and spiritual level. Duncan specialises in laminating and carving English hardwoods from sustainable woodlands in Cumbria.

Duncan Copley's work may be seen in both public and
A container for ashes
Wood with gold leaf inlay
150(h) x 50(w) x 25(d) cm

3,000 - 4,500

domestic spaces around the UK. His last public commission was for English Heritage and exhibited as one of the "Sitooteries " at Belsay hall, Northumberland. Here he created " Wishbone House", a portable pavilion for new rites of passage constructed with seven oak arches supporting a willow wall above an asymmetrical elm floor.

"Wishbone House " was also the main feature of the recent " Hatch, Match and Dispatch " exhibition in Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle. Duncan's current domestic focus is carving a sound making crib for a new born child.


Links to Other Artists

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