About the Little Bishop.

Designed and sculpted by Antony Richards of Hunter & Richards from Melbourne Australia, the Little Bishop was first released as a Kickstarter project on the 3rd February, 2015.

Seeking $5000 to assist with production costs, the campaign ran for 35 days and received a total of $15,467 in pledges, 309% of the initial goal.

In 2016, the Little Bishop won a few awards.


The Little Bishop is hand made.

Initially shaped from a rod of Tasmanian Oak, the circular groove that neatly fits a cable was carefully carved and sanded in Antony's small shed in Prahran, Melbourne. He used a Dremel and a stack of sandpaper on improvised tools to produce a negative form with a positive results.

This first prototype was used to cast a silicone master, from which subsequent reproductions were made using a quick set resin, allowing Antony to refine the shape to perfection.

Producing large quantities of the Little Bishop is quite labour intensive as silicone moulds are still used, much the same as in the earlier prototyping stage. Because the shape has deep, spiral undercuts, it is not possible to use injection moulding without significantly compromising the design. Silicone moulds are flexible and allow the reproductions to be removed, however this process means that the silicone moulds quickly degrade. New silicone moulds are made from master parts after only a handful of castings.

The castings are done by hand in a small workshop that typically does highly skilled prototyping work. Each unit is cast as a one off piece. After the castings are removed from the silicone moulds, they are cleaned up by hand, and spray painted before the screws and joint fittings are hand assembled.

It can be said that each Little Bishop is individual and unique in it's own way, with minute "imperfections" adding to the charm of it's delicate beauty.