Bobby Mills is a self-taught woodworker based in the South Downs National Park. Blending both traditional and modern techniques, Mills creates wooden pieces that are entirely made by hand using a woodturning lathe. Every piece begins with wood that is locally and sustainably sourced from either conservation projects or windfall. He exclusively uses pieces of wood from ancient woodlands due to the unique character they develop as a result of the weather conditions in the UK: sweeping changes in the seasons and Atlantic winds encourage trees to grow with unusual forms instead of in ways that are predictable or consistent.
Mills’ training came from restoring and fixing buildings with his father in West Sussex where he learned to understand materials and tools and to use his hands to create. His designs are also heavily inspired by his mother’s Danish heritage and the everyday Scandinavian objects he grew up surrounded by.