Although this is a new venture, The Dream Stone & Wood Working Co has been around for many years, waiting for events to happen, and to change how I have worked until now, 2014, when it became the most compelling thing for me to do, my next step…
I have come a long way to find the freedom to be able to work in the way that I do now, I’ve been a journeyman, collecting skills, techniques and influence along the way. I always loved just making stuff; I trained as a mechanical engineer from age 16 and working alongside my father in heavy engineering.
At this time, I was inspired to go on gaining skills and ways of working, partly out of necessity but also, of wanting to learn more. And so I continued, gaining skills and experience as a carpenter and joiner, I spent time working in buildings maintenance and then with a local builder. After a number of years, I was fortunate in gaining a position as a sculptor’s apprentice, working on a prestigious riverside arts residency in my home town of Sunderland. This gave me a valuable insight into other ways of making and creating.
Following this, I worked as a freelance sculptor in the business of making public art, working alongside fantastically creative people all over the north-east and beyond. I returned to working as a carpenter/joiner briefly, after this, establishing myself in the role of educator and teacher. Most recently, I worked close to my new home, Bellingham, for a local company making furniture and shepherds huts from reclaimed timber.
And so, to now, The Dream Stone & Wood Working Co. I talk of ‘us’ and ‘we’ when I talk about the company, well its ‘me’ really, Karl Fisher. I make it, design and produce what the company is becoming recognised for, high quality, unique and individual products that are built to last.
What others say about us
Karl has undertaken a number of commissions for us over the past few years, ranging from large scale projects to smaller work, which require a creative mind and sympathetic restoration. Karl is more than a first class joiner, he is a craftsman, and a pleasure to work with.
I’ve got mixed feelings about your work, lad, somewhere between overjoyed and ecstatic.
You are such a lovely gentle man to do business with.
So good to see you carving and doing what you love to do again, look forward to seeing pictures of your work.