PRESS RELEASE: Boston Beckons as Spring Fling Previews Cabinetmaker’s New Range7th May 2013
Boston Beckons as Spring Fling Previews Cabinetmaker’s New Range
Beauty and Sustainability Combined in Exquisite Furniture Crafted in Dumfries and Galloway from Fallen Trees
Work by a Spring Fling cabinetmaker has been selected from among the best in the world for international shows in Boston and London.
And this year Daniel Lacey has chosen Spring Fling, which takes place from 25 to 27 May, to preview a small selection of exquisite limited edition pieces – such as blanket boxes and bedside cabinets.
Based in Langholm, which is in easy reach of the M74, Daniel is renowned for combining quality with sustainability – most of his furniture is made from trees which have fallen, or been blown down, rather than from felled timber.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, which received its royal charter in 1327, will include an oak and yew console table by Daniel in an exhibition, at Somerset House in London, which will use the finest contemporary furniture to display the best of modern jewellery.
At the same time “Throne” an armchair made of cherry, and “Chestless” a set of drawers will be exhibited in the USA. This follows Daniel’s inclusion in a book entitled Furniture with Soul – Master Woodworkers and their Craft which celebrates him as one of the 10 best up-and-coming cabinet makers in the world.
Daniel said: “I love taking part in Spring Fling and having the chance to talk to visitors about the work I do and show them pieces at different stages of development.
“This year I will be previewing some new limited edition pieces including shelves, bedside cabinets and blanket or toy boxes.
“It’s a very exciting time for me right now, with the exhibitions in London and Boston and having been included in David Savage’s book.”
Spring Fling visitors will also be able to find out about Making the Most of the Moorlands, an educational charity which Daniel actively supports and which raises awareness of the importance of conserving wild lands.
The project is closely linked to the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project which is attempting to revive an area of moorland, bringing back a wide range of wildlife. Head of the project, Dr Cat Barlow, will be on hand to answer questions from interested Spring Flingers.
Daniel generally works to commission and has been employed by many prestigious private clients and successful businesses.
Leah Black, Spring Fling manager, said: “It’s great that Spring Fling visitors will have the chance to be the first to glimpse a new range of furniture by Daniel – cabinetmaker with a global reputation for excellence.
“Our emphasis is always on quality and each of the 93 exhibitors taking part in this year’s event have been specially selected for their high standard of work.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to Dumfries and Galloway where they can enjoy an amazing variety of visual art and craft.”
Notes for editors
● To find out about the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project visit http://www.langholmproject.com/
● Spring Fling is ideal for a day trip or for a short break – with lots of delightful small towns, villages and superb coastal areas to stay and enjoy.
● Studios are open daily 10.30am to 5pm during the event and are free to visit.
● The Spring Fling Fringe includes a range of evening events and activities for visitors to enjoy when the studios are closed. These include everything from classical music to a masterclass in artisan pizza making.
● Getting around: There are three great alternatives to getting around the studios by car:
§ Six bus tours
§ Bike tours
§ Walking tours
● Finding the route: A fold-out map will be available which shows the studios and the fringe locations. There are also seven suggested coloured routes to follow – each provides a great day-long tour of studios and super countryside.
● Smartphone app: An updated smartphone app can be downloaded for free so visitors can plot their own routes – choosing where they want to visit by area, name of artist or the type of work they produce.
● Spring Fling is a Community Interest Company. The core event is funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council. The Springboard Project is funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust. Additional projects are funded by Creative Scotland and The Galloway Association of Glasgow. The Trigony House Hotel are the 2013 Prize Draw sponsors.
● To find out more visit www.spring-fling.co.uk
● Contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at MJHShelley@hotmail.co.uk
● Free-to-use pictures are available on request.