Mike Scapa


Currently based in York, Mike has been woodcarving for six years, taking inspiration from the archaeological and ethnographic records; in artefacts and art works he sees in museum collections from past and present cultures alike. Each piece draws upon a long history of human creativity but is carved out of his own take on that history. Mike forages all of his materials from woodlands and parks across Yorkshire and his native Essex (always with permission) and transports the logs back to his shed on foot or by bike. As such, the carbon footprint of his materials is almost zero. Working with green wood allows for subtle nuances in each log to create unique artefacts that are meaningfully made. Mike’s woodwork has led to a PhD research in archaeology and anthropology; studying craft communities and how technologies make us think and feel about our work and ourselves. His work, therefore, attempts to marry the personally charged, sincere attachment to objects in the home to something deeper and more fundamentally human.