April 16, 2021

Celebrating The Welsh Stick Chair

As a master craftsman with many years of experience, Steve thoroughly enjoys turning his hand to the craft of chair making. He recently had the opportunity to hand make a charming traditional Welsh style chair. This well proportioned chair was inspired by a design that is thought to have originally come from North Wales. Celebrating the Welsh stick chair, it has a wide lozenge-shaped seat, with only three un-tapered, heavier long sticks at the back. Most likely, the first record of a Welsh stick chair is in the manuscript of the laws of Howells Dda, a 10th century Welsh king. It is included in a […]
March 7, 2021

Crafting Wonderfully Unique Tables

Every table created by Steve is unique, just like every tree that is used to make it. Steve loves timber in all its forms – from standing tree to finished table. As a master craftsman he has more than 30 years skill and knowledge in crafting wonderfully unique tables. A table designed with a live edge can be a really special way to showcase the glorious beauty of English oak. Keeping the original lines of the trunk along its edges, shows the movement of the tree its more raw state. The natural charm of the wood is enhanced, by celebrating all its individual knots, cracks […]
February 5, 2021

Furnishing Naturalist Gilbert White’s Tea Room, Selborne, Hampshire

Steve was recently approached by Gilbert White & The Oates Collection. The team at this charitable trust and accredited museum asked him to create furniture for their new tearoom. The new tearoom was being opened to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of naturalist Gilbert White. Gilbert White (18th July 1720 – 26th June 1793) was both a parson and a naturalist. Today he is regarded as ‘the father of ecology’. White’s careful recording of the natural history of Selborne in Hampshire was an inspiration to Charles Darwin and many others. White’s practices also directly influenced the growth and development of the natural sciences. […]