One of the joys of furniture making is to be a part of the journey from first idea to realisation. Timber selection is a vital part of the process and what we find at the timber yard or sawmill can heavily influence our design ideas.

For Lesley and Norman, the brief was for a robust, rustic-looking kitchen island that would blend into a period setting – a 14th-century cruck-built house.  We took inspiration from some English oak we found at our favourite Sussex sawmill. A full-width, single slab for the worktop offered an attractive grain and a practical work surface. This set the tone; substantial legs, generous no-nonsense drawers which open from either side, a slatted base and raised panels at the ends completed the design.



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