OLIVER SPARKS

MAKER

 

Hazel used for the handles of this small box

Hazel used for the handles of this small box

Ollie used to describe what he does as ‘designer / maker’, but it’s been distilled to ‘maker’. This distillation says a lot about what Ollie does and how he approaches everything - you see that process in great design; engineering; and in mathematics of course. It leads to clarity and purity. His business card just says OS.M - Ollie is building his brand around a common noun - neat, that.

Custom-made hinges for the jewellery cabinet

Custom-made hinges for the jewellery cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

The variety in his work is fascinating, providing an insight into the creative mind. The use of hazel twigs to form handles for a small box, rare-earth magnets used to repel - his levitation trick, using reclaimed ivory and ebony from an 1830’s piano… and the outstanding organic design of his jewellery cabinet, complete with handmade hinges to suit. Some of his ideas and techniques, plus an array of earlier work is worth a browse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful coffin smoother, inspired by the early Spiers and Norris but a bit smaller. Nickel silver, bronze and rosewood.

A beautiful coffin smoother, inspired by the early Spiers and Norris but a bit smaller. Nickel silver, bronze and rosewood.

 

Ollie now concentrates on plane-making and has produced quite a few fine examples - his boxwood coffin mitre, a very fine moving fillister and his take on the unusual Norris No70 are examples that stood out to me. I was so taken with his No70 I ordered one… while I can still afford a Sparks plane. It won’t be long before they are beyond my reach.

Ollie’s still very young, and at the pace he is climbing his personal hill he’s going to be famous in no time.

 

See more of his planes

And I was so impressed with my No70 I did a short review for Wiktor at WK Fine Tools, here