July Open Studios
I spend a few weeks each winter managing my own 25 acres of Essex woodland, and most of my pieces come from this wood. I enjoyed a wet and windy New Year week there, clearing up storm blown oak trees for future milling. Solid English hardwoods have an unpredictable beauty. My pieces respond to the particular quality of the timber from which they are made. I stay in the English Country Tradition, partly because it is so wide, and partly because the chairs are so comfortable and so comely that it would be presumptuous to imagine one could improve on them by radical alteration. Nonetheless, each piece is unique. I also make bedsteads, smaller tables and stools, as well as inscribed breadboards (ideal wedding presents!). I also make puzzles from pictures or photographs.