We hope you have already read up on Part 1 of our Arts & Crafts series and found some inspiration in the art of Angus Grant, Wooden Tom and others.

But as we already anticipated, there is so much more in the National Park – we knew there was sufficient material for another blog.

So in Part 2 of the series we’re looking at more local talent.

Aaron Sterritt Woodwork

After travelling and working for two years, Aaron took a degree in Furniture Crafts at the University of Cumbria, and started to develop his own distinctive style of woodworking and furniture making. On finishing his degree Aaron decided to start up his own business and where better than on his home ground, near Aviemore, surrounded by the mountains, rivers and Caledonian pinewoods of the Cairngorm National Park. Based in a small workshop in Aviemore, Aaron continues to experiment, innovate and be inspired by his surroundings and by the wood he works with.

With a name like this, James Shooter could have either become a deerstalker or a … photographer!

You might recognise some of his photos that have been used on our website since we are a big fan of James’ work. His landscapes open up a new perspective and enhance the viewer’s experience with the play of light and atmosphere. James’ photography work has been featured in numerous news and media publications including interviews, articles and a front page of a national newspaper.  He has also had his work recognised in several photography competitions, most recently in 2015 with a “Highly Commended” in the prestigious Asferico International Photography Awards and a “Highly Commended” in the British Wildlife Photography.

Stuart Murdoch – the Speyside Sculptor

After escaping the rat race, Stuart now works and lives  on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. His cottage and workshop are situated on the western slopes of Ben Rinnes, from where he draws a great deal of inspiration from the scenery, wildlife and the heritage and traditions of Scotland.

Stuart is currently working predominantly in stone, slate and wood whether it be small, intricate wood carvings for the home or large wooden or stone sculptures for the garden or even public space. He is using predominantly traditional tools and hand-chiselling methods to produce letter-carvings such as garden sculptures, house names, headstones and special memorials. These can be in local Moray (Clashach) sandstone, Caithness stone or slate.

Having come to the end of Part 2… there is still plenty of talent out there that might justify another blog. What do you think? Who are your favourite local artists? Send your ideas to us. 


PS: To take a piece of the Cairngorms National Park home with you – please visit our shop on your way out 🙂

PPS: We now have two scheduled dates for our days out with local artist, Angus Grant! Check out the flyer below.