Since graduating from Art School in 2013, Max Gabbott has been working part time as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer. 

In 2016 Max has also been employed at Summerhall, an arts venue in Edinburgh, where he began experimenting with woodworking materials and tools. It was when thinking about ideas for a friend’s birthday present that he first decided to modify and paint a child’s discarded rattle to give as a gift.  This small  personal project spurred Max on to combine his skills as an Illustrator with his newfound skills in woodworking.

In late 2017 Max began to create a range of musical instruments featuring characters from his sketchbooks. This led to a joint exhibition, “Please Shut The Gate”, at the Edinburgh gallery Flamingosaurusrex, which showcased work by Max and a fellow artist. This was followed by a further exhibition of work by Max and other members of the Edinburgh based Too Much Fun Club, at St Margaret’s House, Leith.

Following positive feedback from these exhibitions, Max established Papa Gabbo – a brand which characterises the vivacity, fun and vibrancy behind all of his designs. 

Each one of a kind piece is made from recycled materials, largely offcuts from unused hardwoods, and is coated with high grade yacht varnish to give both a high quality finish and great durability. 

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of work or have any questions, please get in touch via the contact page or alternatively by emailing