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Arts and Crafts style furniture.

Uniquely Designed to meet your needs.

Hand made from locally grown timber, each piece is built using mortise and tenon construction, dovetails when used, are always hand cut. All surfaces are hand planed and burnished.

 Timeless heirloom quality, generations of pleasure.

 

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Notes from the workbench

As well as being a truly beautiful, textured and sensuous material in its own right, timber is also one of the oldest traditional materials still in popular use. Fortunately it still continues to be one of the most sustainable and environmentally favorable materials that we have available for our use today; a time when such consideration is forefront in many peoples minds. This is due in the main to a trees facility to absorb carbon dioxide while growing, timber’s adaptability as a product and its endless ability to be recycled. It also heats my house and workshop. For all the gifts it bestows freely upon us, it is still a finite and vulnerable resource.

About a kilometer from my workshop

Therefore its responsible use forms an important part of our overall care for the planet. This is why all my furniture and home accessories are made from locally grown timbers. Grown in sustainably managed forests at a local level just a few kilometers from my workshop. These forests have been continually worked and managed for thousands of years, a tradition that

Oak Just felled

continues today.

As far as is practical all the woodworking methods employed in my workshop are with hand tools. This particularly applies to all surface preparation and to the forming of most joints like dovetails. Besides being desirable for any number of philosophical and ascetic reasons; it also makes an impact on the carbon footprint of my products. Avoiding the use of sandpaper wherever possible is definitely an ascetic choice. The gleam left on timber by the use of a well-tuned and sharpened hand plane gives birth to a future patina, a thing to be prized. Sharp edge tools do not produce dust and clog the pores of the timber. This allows the surface to reflect and refract light in a way that brings the surface alive; the effect really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The texture left on the surface not only throws off a warm glow with a character all its own, it also beckons and demands to be caressed. By the way, most of the hand planes I use are also wooden, these planes I make myself, each tuned for a specific purpose, they glide effortlessly across the surface.

Oak Air Drying, typically this takes five years.
Scierie Minard

For me the furniture making process begins at the wood yard, because the timber is the furniture, my role is simply to arrange and display its hidden beauty through design. Right choice at this point also plays a crucial part in ensuring that all my creations live long lives that pass down through the generations. Fortunately I live and work just six kilometers from Le Scierie Minard. Long operated by the same     family with ownership passing from father to son.

Fabrice grading timber

Fabrice, the current Mr Minard, has over the years become a friend and is an endless source of knowledge on all phases of timber preparation; from its proper cutting and seasoning to its suitability for final use. His phenomenal memory and knowledge of the stock he carries saves hours of sorting to find exactly the right plank or pile for current needs. It has to be said that Fabrice is also a highly skilled woodworker and timber framer in his own right.

 

In many ways I like to think that my life style and approach to furniture making is a continuation of those ideas set forth by the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement and not simply the following of a certain style.

Father of Arts and Crafts
William Morris leading figure and founding farther of the Arts and Crafts movement
The arts and crafts group
The Gimsons and Barnsleys photographed at Sapperton, Gloucestershire, c. 1896 from left to right. Sidney Barnsley, Lucy Morley, Ernest Gimson, Alice with her husband Ernest Barnsley, and their daughters, Mary and Ethel.