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Catherine MacLeod

Are you sitting comfortably?

Born: 1977

Duration: 14m 18s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 9.4 Mb

Recorded: 12 March 2020

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Catherine MacLeod reflects upon her journey to become a furniture restorer and maker, with a particular interest in Caithness and Sutherland chairs. Catherine helps to run the family owned Thrumster Estate, where she has set up a furniture making and restoration workshop.

Her interest in Caithness chairs was ignited by local historians Nan and George Bethune.

I love that old, washed-out look about vernacular furniture. It has an authenticity that has its own beauty,” claims Catherine.

Born from necessity, these chairs were made by blacksmiths, shipwrights, coopers and dairymen.

In particular, Catherine talks about an old Caithness chair, on display in Wick Heritage Museum, that has the typical L-shaped back and seat construction, made from the crook of a branch.

This interview took place prior to Covid 19 lockdown.


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