Cowal is a peninsula in Argyll and Bute, in the west of Scotland, that extends into the Firth of Clyde. Scattered along these secret shores there live a wealth of artists expressing themselves through various media.
Here you will find painters, glass artists, ceramicists, sculptors. We have photographers, jewellers, artists working with textiles and wood. All these skilled people choose to live and work among the inspirational land that is largely hidden in this area of Argyll.
Come and discover it for yourself…
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Good morning, and happy weekend from all at @fynewood_argyll and welcome to the Cowal Open Studios artist takeover. Follow us today as we go through our creative process. Beginning with our inspiration which often starts simply with a walk around the Castle Gardens or Benmore Botanical Gardens, each filled with endless examples of trees of all shapes, sizes and origins. What better place to find inspiration?! We are often offered timber from felled trees or a decaying stump, and our workshop is filled with unusual examples destined for a table top or customised bench. We recently worked on a customer request for two yew wall hangings, starting with the off saw slabs details can be harder to see at this point requiring many hours of sanding before completion. With various tools available we often use our CNC machine to complete the first skim and then hand sand each piece to achieve a velvety smooth finish. #fynewood #fynewoodargyll #fynewooddunoon #localwood #hardwood #yew #offsaw #woodworking #woodcraft #woodart #localtimber #argyllandbute #cowal #Dunoon #lockdownart #cowalopenstudios #VisitCowal #visitscotland #argyllsecretcoast #madeinargyll #scottishartists #scottishcrafts #creativecowal @ Fynewood ... See MoreSee Less
Hi everyone from the team at @fynewood_argyll. Here at Fynewood as the name suggests our focus is on making using all elements of wood. Specialising in milled timer, we cut all wood here using our on site saw mill, which has featured in many @cowal_open_studios past demonstrations. During lockdown our work has been predominantly milling timber for fencing materials, with people unexpectedly finding themselves at home more, projects which may have been put on hold have become priority and our milled larch has proved incredibly popular. As a result we haven’t had much time for creative work but with life resuming to some form of normality we are finding more time for other works and have recently completed some stunning yew display pieces, a customised cedar dog bed and commemorative trophies.
With some exciting projects in the pipeline and the busy summer months building our bespoke garden rooms we are looking forward to welcoming back visitors to our space and the open studios event on September 25th to 28th 2020. #lockdownart #cowalopenstudios #visitcowal #visitscotland #argyllsecretcoast #madeinargyll #scottishartist #yearofcoastandwater2020 #scottishcrafts #creativecowal #fynewoodargyll #fynewood #woodcraft #woodworks #woodworks #localtimer #localhardwood #localwood #scottishwood #supporlocal @ Fynewood ... See MoreSee Less
Cowal Open Studios is in Dunoon.
4 days ago
Hello we are @fynewood_argyll and welcome to the @cowal_open_studios artist takeover. You will find us working in the centre or Dunoon, the old ceramics factory is our home and our on site workshop, showrooms and gallery allow us to create and showcase our pieces all on site. We pride ourselves in undertaking all woodworking projects and create anything from bespoke furniture to custom built log structures. Our inspiration always comes from the vast variety of trees in and around the area, be it a magnificent oak tree or gnarled up tree stumps, we always see the beauty in each piece and the knots and burrs only add to the effect. We look forward to showcasing some of our work over the next couple to days during our artist takeover and being part of the @cowal_open_studios this autumn on the south route. Find out more about our open studios event at www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk 25-28 September 2020 👋🏼 #lockdownart #cowalopenstudios #VisitCowal #visitscotland #argyllsecretcoast #madeinargyll #scottishartists #yearofcoastsandwaters2020 #scottishcrafts #creativecowal #fynewood #fynewoodargyll #dunoonart #dunoonbusiness #dunooncraft #localcraft #supportlocal @ Dunoon ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
We are happy to tell you that we'll be continuing our artist takeover throughout July! Hope you are enjoying meeting our artists and seeing inside the studios. So please stay tuned!
25-28 September 2020
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1 week ago
Save the dates and plan your trip to visit our open studios this September. We'll soon be announcing our new format for 2020 but in the meantime you can get your calendar out and pop in the dates 25-28 September and browse our artists at www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk
More info soon!
#cowalopenstudios #VisitCowal #immerseyoursenses #myargyll #argyllsecretcoast #artistsincowal #creativecowal #beinspired #art #scotlandsartists #yearofcoastsandwaters2020 #supportindependentartists ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Good evening, I’m Karen Komurcu, with my final post as part of the Cowal Open Studios artist takeover. This will be a brief one with some homework for Open Studios Followers! - Linocut Lassie.
As briefly mentioned earlier, the subjects on the drawing board and kitchen table are places I’m seeing a lot of on lockdown, and some places I am missing very much. But I was also thinking about other folks, and how when talking to friends it’s clear there are all sorts of things keeping us going. Having months of life in a restricted environment makes you realise what makes you happy, I think.
So, your mission, if you wish to accept it followers is to let me know in the comments on this post, your reasons to be cheerful during these extraordinary times. I will attempt to do mini prints of as many of these reasons as I can by the start of open studios, with a complimentary print available to the person who suggested it (if there are multiple suggestions of the same thing it will be first person to suggest that receives the print).
As an example, the picture below of the cat was for my dad on fathers day – his Jazz playlist keeps him happy and the word ‘nice’ is in reference to a certain sketch show that he loves.
I look forward to getting your suggestions and creating some small pieces of happiness.
Thanks for all your comments, shares and likes – keep checking the website and social media for more artist take overs and updates on the Open Studios event.
To see my range of work (including paintings, murals and more) check out www.linocutlassie.weebly.com.
Find out more about our Cowal Open Studios event at www.cowlaopenstudios.co.uk, 25th to 28th September 2020. It will be running in an alternative format this year.
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