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Dave Foote - Woodworker

Who are you?
Dave Foote, living and working in Longhoughton near Alnwick. I am the Designer and Creator of U Wood.

What is your business?
I design and make a range of musical accessories, instrument stands and decorative artworks. Much of my work is based on cold bending timber with glue. This process allows me to create interesting shapes as well as enhancing the natural strength of the wood. I use almost exclusively native British hardwoods much of it sourced locally.

How did you get started with what you do?
“Making stuff” has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the whole process of conceiving an end product, working through the design and meeting the challenges of the making. U Wood is a new venture, now three years old, in which I am looking to make and sell things that meet my ambition to create what is “Simple, Stylish and Unique”

Who is the most famous person you have worked with?
Billy Mitchell, lead guitarist for Lindisfarne. He is now the proud owner of a U Wood guitar stand. There is a photo of the 2 of us at the top of this article.

What do you like most about living in Northumberland?
It is truly “God’s own country” and to live near the sea has been a lifelong wish – fulfilled! This wonderful coastline has provided many sights and shapes that inspire what I do

How can people find out more about what you do?
Please visit my website www.u-wood.co.uk You may be interested in my hands-on workshops to learn some new skills in working wood or to enhance the skills you already have. I can often run private sessions at short notice. Feel free to call me on 07809 563973

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