We design and make bespoke pieces of furniture in our own workshops.
We strive to produce work of the highest quality, to be respectful of the materials used, the environment and, of course, the needs of you the customer.
We can make a furniture piece to your design, or help you realise a style or period idea not yet fully formed. The timber we use is key: the characteristics of a particular species can heavily influence our design ideas. Much that is understood about proportion comes from the natural world and we seek inspiration from there too.
We aim to work with the best available hard and softwood timbers from sustainable and, as far as possible, native and local sources.
We like to use traditional methods and hand tools but are pragmatic about integrating them with modern solutions where appropriate.
Furniture making is our first love, but we like to use wood in many ways.
We coppice hazel, willow and ash. Our hazel stools are huge and ancient, providing useful wood for structures in the vegetable garden such as raised pumpkin beds and compost containers. In time, the timber is recycled through the wood burner.
The willow is used in much the same way. We have some very old “standard” pollards and a range of decorative willow varieties planted for basketwork.
Ash grows prodigiously in our part of Gloucestershire and there are many old stools dotted around the farm. Our ash coppice makes excellent tool handles, either turned on the lathe or fashioned with spokeshaves.
Sometimes we make sculpture, whose sole purpose is to give pleasure because it is beautiful. Unlike furniture, which must almost always serve some practical purpose, sculpture can simply be itself.
Whether this is art or craft is a not a consideration. The workshop does not change into a studio because sculpture and not furniture is being made that day. However, the intention behind the work is different.
Using our trusty Arundel and Startrite lathes, we turn out useful goods, such as tool handles, lamp stands and candlesticks. Some we sell; others are given as gifts.The materials we use come almost exclusively from our home-grown timbers: ash, oak, elm, holly and maple. It is a wonderful thing to put our own converted stock and skills to practical purpose with such simple machines.
We are woodworkers in heart and mind, and strive to be versatile in applying our experience and skills to making wood work for our clients.
In an age of uPVC and composite materials, many of the traditional joinery skills associated with conserving our architectural heritage are being lost. For example, there are today many fewer woodworkers able to make box sash windows by hand in wood that there used to be.
These, and other skills, we believe are worth preserving. We work with clients, architects and designers to produce bespoke joinery solutions that are not available on the high street.
We work inside and out so, as well as doors, windows and other architectural joinery, we make garden buildings and structures; for example, we can build bespoke Shepherd's Huts from the ground up.