"My philosophy is to create pieces of unique furniture which show off all the materials in their natural beauty. To design and create one-off pieces which provoke discussion and stand out from the crowd. They are never forced but created through passion, with love and great care."

My furniture making experience

As a school leaver I went to college full time to do my City in Guilds in Furniture Craft and Cabinet Making. Following my time at college and qualifying with credits and distinctions I went to work for Beresford & Hicks in Kings Lynn where I gained skills in a work environment and mass produced high end furniture industry.  My break then ensued in Norwich, working for a number of high end cabinet making firms producing hand made bespoke furniture for clients in America, Japan and the U.K. In 2006 I decided that it was time to take the plunge and set up my own bespoke furniture business. In the September of 2007 this became a reality and I have never looked back!

My inspiration and passion

My passion for furniture and my drive comes from the love of creating something unique, whether it be a bespoke dining table or a large dresser and rack. The design and look of a piece is determined by the wood I have in front of me. The grain, colour and shape determine the direction I go. Combining other materials with wood to maximise the effect of the piece is paramount. I still get excited when I find timber that speaks to me and shouts out to what I should do with it. My clients feed off my passion and drive, as I do with their concepts. Taking all the clients thoughts, ideas and needs, then creating something special for them which they can treasure and love forever is a buzz money cannot buy. The personal connection with each client is so so important as this is where I get to absorb their ideas and/or needs, however vague they might be. Wood is precious and so must be treated as such so as not to destroy the natural beauty. 

Environmental policy 

I strive to follow a policy of sustainability.

Timber is purchased from FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) which is an international, non governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forest.

And PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) which is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. 

Any unusable off cuts are recycled to be used as fuel so as to minimise land fill. Chemicals, glues and finishes used, where possible, are water based and therefore solvent-free.


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