The beauty of bespoke hand crafted furniture is timeless.
The skill of the craftsman and the design wishes of the client results in furniture that means you can create an heirloom for the future and have a fantastic piece of functional art in your own home.
The table shown here is made from English Oak from a Kentish managed plantation. The table was commissioned by a Central London publication relations company to use as its boardroom table. Seating eight it was teamed with Arne Jacobson* style chairs, each in a different colour. Combined with the outstanding figure in the grain of the table top, together they made a stunning and impressive effect..*It is said that the chair in the famous Christine Keeler photograph was a Arne Jacobson chair, it was later revealed to be a copy with a hand hole included to avoid copyright.
The following pictures are of furniture about as far away as you can get from designed for factory production chairs such as the Arne Jacobsen chair. My interests recently have extended into researching and gaining experience of green woodworking techniques in producing furniture, with the aim of using locally produced timber. The chair below is a strong example of greenwood furniture.
Made in his woodland workshop on one of Mike Abbott's chairmaking courses, its structure is made entirely of cleft ash shaped on a shaving horse using draw-knife and spokeshaves, and assembled without using any glue. Despite this it is without a doubt an extremely strong chair: I expect it to outlast me, my children, and possibly a couple more generations with a bit of luck. This technique of glue-less construction uses the differential shrinkage of the wood components to lock the joints together. The seat is woven from the inner bark of the wych elm, but I cannot acquire this for commissions unfortunately; at present I can only produce commissioned chairs with seats woven from seagrass or rush - that may change, suggestions welcome.
Visit the Gallery page for more pictures of completed projects, or contact me at the email address below for more information or a personal visit to your home in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.