I am a furniture maker working in Walthamstow, north London. I use traditional hand tools and ancient joinery techniques to make contemporary furniture and wooden objects from locally grown, ethically sourced British hardwoods.

 

Traditional, hand cut joinery can often take longer than modern processes. However, the very fact that using a hand tool instead of a machine requires greater physical exertion, finer hand-eye co-ordination, closer attention paid to the swirling, shifting grain direction, and ultimately more practice, means that the furniture maker is inevitably brought 'closer' to the wood. The difference all of this makes in the finished article is often subtle, but to those who care about these things, a joint that has been carefully sawn by a real human hand, or a tabletop that has been planed to a smooth, shimmering surface, is worth the wait.

I have been designing and making furniture since 2016. In 2019 I was awarded a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and studied fine furniture making at Williams and Cleal in Somerset. 

 

Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss a commission.

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