Beautiful pieces – Handmade to the highest quality.
I have been creating hand crafted fine furniture and bespoke carpentry for people across the UK for over twenty-five years.
Immaculate care and attention to detail is essential to ensure that we give you a piece of the best quality that you will cherish for a lifetime. Combining traditional skills with the best contemporary techniques and listening and responding to your requirements. At every step – from initial discussion to aftercare – we ensure that the finished piece is exactly what you want.
We carefully consider and discuss choices from a wide range of hardwoods (primarily from Forestry Stewardship Council approved sources), materials and finishes to ensure that each piece suits its intended space.
Describe what you do as a creative.
I make bespoke furniture of all kinds in addition to making unique decorative boxes using handcut marquetry and innovative inlay techniques to produce beautiful gifts, from wedding presents to jewellery boxes and all sorts of gift and presentation boxes.
I also apply my individual marquetry techniques and designs to clocks, wall hangings, dishes and other decorative items, all executed to the highest standards using carefully selected combinations of woods for maximum decorative effect.
Tell us briefly about yourself so we understand where you come from. What’s your family background?
I grew up in Portsmouth, the eldest of four children and came to Kent to do a degree at the University in Canterbury. After completing a second degree in Birmingham, I decided on a career change and came back here to work while deciding what to do next, ended up helping an architect friend build a large house extension and enjoyed the joinery aspect so much I started making furniture as a hobby and never stopped.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an astrophysicist, which I did gaining a Ph.D. in X-ray astronomy from the University of Birmingham in 1993, before deciding that university life was not for me.
How did you begin doing what you do? How did it all start? What’s your story?
Helping a friend with some building work and having access to his workshop meant I started to play around with furniture making using some left over wood. I found I really enjoyed the process, and the creation of an item that could be used daily gave me a great deal of satisfaction, something that continues up to today.
What turns on your creativity? What triggers your need to create and to make art?
It's really just a case that I like making things, and the natural variation in wood means that I never run out of possibilities. I have no formal design training so I have no fixed process when I am making. It can be an idea from a glimpse of a picture, something that pops into my head fully formed, or just arising from seeing what I can make with a particular plank of beautiful timber or bundle of exquisite veneer.
What do you like best about your work?
At first, it was the fact that I could make something useful (I love making dining tables), and I still get a huge amount of satisfaction from a happy client. On a day to day level, I love being my own boss and managing to run a successful business for nearly thirty years is something I never expected to do. Mostly, though, when I'm enjoying what I'm making it feels like I'm being paid to play in the workshop.
When were you most satisfied in your work? What is your golden moment so far?
The golden moment is always the next idea, and I've always got ideas to get around to, with some particularly ambitious boxes on the cards, using new decorative techniques I'm playing with at the moment, based on Japanese lacquer work.
Describe a memorable response to your work? The way people responded to a piece of your work? What was their reaction? What did they say?
The most recent feedback i had was this morning when I delivered a memory box to a couple to be given to their son for his wedding next week, where they told me 'It's even more beautiful in the flesh', so a job well done.
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
I am concentrating more and more on boxes and smaller furniture and really enjoying the demands that makes on me as a designer.
What is your dream project?
I'm not sure I have one, just the next one over the horizon. As soon as I finish a large piece, I'm already forgetting that and going on to the next.
Which artists / creative people are your heroes or inspiring figures?
All japanese design has proved inspiring over the years. Frank Lloyd Wright, Hans Wegner, James Krenov.
Your idea of happiness ?
Time to play in the workshop, with a certain amount of pressure on top, as I find I don't work effectively unless there is a bit of a deadline...
What art/creativity related book should everyone read?
The furniture making notebooks of James Krenov.
Tell us a lesson life has taught you.
The only way to get really good at something, irrespective of the amount of natural talent you have, is to do it over and over and over again. Practise really does make, if not perfect, then at least, much better.
Anything else you would like to add ?
I love what I do, and am hugely grateful to all those people who have helped me with time and teaching, and the opportunity to take my time to find out what I wanted to do. I am a much better designer and maker than I ever would have been as a research scientist.
Church Hill, , Hernhill, Kent, United Kingdom, ME13 9JW
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