All items by Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

  • Articulating seal

    Articulating seal

    Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

    £325.00

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  • Pecking peg bird

    Pecking peg bird

    Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

    £20.00

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  • Articulating fish

    Articulating fish

    Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

    £45.00

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  • Articulating fish

    Articulating fish

    Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

    £45.00

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About Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

Jeff Soan Wooden Creatures

I breathe life into wood with the technique of articulation

I studied Art and Design at Goldsmith's College in the late 60's, taught for a few years, travelled for a while, married, started a family and a building business during the 70's. A chance encounter with a wobbly rat from Chile changed my life. I was so inspired by this articulating folk toy that I joined a course in toy making at the London College of Furniture, I set up my garden workshop in 1987 and continue to this day to explore and develop the possibilities of the technique of articulation.

Artist Statement

My work reflects equally a love of creatures, great and small, and a love of wood.
My earlier training as an artist and later as a toymaker has lead to objects which can be seen as playful sculpture or perhaps sculptural toys but I generally refer to it as Wobbly Wood.

I try to express the essential nature of the animals, birds, and fish I create, sometimes by simplification, sometimes by attention to detail and very often by the sinuous movement achieved with the technique of articulation. A large part of my work in recent years has been investigating the possibilities of this technique which is created by cutting the wood into narrow sections and securing it to canvas.
I utilise the woods natural forms and features; its grain, colour and bark to suggest the creature’s shape, markings, feathers and texture.

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    Reviewed by Heather

    So pleased with my rocking chicken - she has such character! And excellent customer service from Jeff too - thank you.

    Reviewed by Su

    I always find Jeff Soan's work to be a welcome gift for friends and family and for any occasion.
    They are tactile, beautifully made and make everyone smile.

    Reviewed by Joe Lane

    Really please with the articulating fish, Even more pleased to own an item crafted by Jeff Soan, Would love to own one of his bigger creations, who know what the future holds.

    I would decently recommend Folksy for purchasing Jeff Soan creations