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IN THE HEART OF BRIGHTON - I will be at my regular place at the Brighton Craft Fair held in the Friends' Meeting House in Ship Street. Open from 11am to 4:30pm. My next three dates are 27th October, 24th November and 1st December 2018, all Saturdays.

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BOXES FURNITURE LAMPS and BOWLS

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Boxes ...

Box 502 - click for details Box 1322 - click for details Box 1222 - click for details Box 1292 - click for details Box 1207 - click for details

I make these boxes by hand in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from the simple elegance of figured maple through to complex inlaid geometric patterns - often called parquetry. The inlays are either veneer or thin sheets of solid timber. Native and exotic overseas timbers are used to create the contrasting colours and grain patterns. Burrs are often used to create the highly decorative lids.

Box 1217 - click for details

Wherever possible I use reclaimed timber.
Boxes have lift-off or hinged lids, and some have internal trays or velvet linings making them ideal to store jewellery or small collectibles.

Box 1402 - click for details

The boxes are all hand made, by me. They are finished with either a hard wearing modern finish like polyurethane varnish or melamine lacquer, or a traditional shellac polish (french polish). This is not so hard wearing but gives a much softer and warmer finish - better suited to many of the exotic timbers I use.

Box 1240 - click for details

Creating the parquetry patterns involves careful cutting of a number of timbers of contrasting colour. Some of my favourites are padouk, American black walnut, wenge (a very dark coloured timber), afromosia, sycamore, oak and pear.

Box 1324 - click for details

These boxes are made to last a lifetime (with just a little care and love) and to pass on to your children and grandchildren. They make an ideal gift, or even, for that very special gift, a unique way to package it.

Box 1344 - click for details

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Furniture ...

Chest 507 - click for details Table 512 - click for details Table 508 - click for details Table 510 - click for details Side table 1196 - click for details

All my furniture is hand-made to order. Here is a selection of items past and present, hoping that they may inspire you to commission a piece especially for you.


The chest shown here is a practical and decorative storage unit. The robust oak veneered blockboard construction is faced with lozenge panels in a variety of timbers.

Chest 507 - click for details Chest 507 - click for details

Furniture can be designed to suit your specific requirements. Here is a home drawing table designed for a structural engineer. The top is designed as a draughtsman's drawing board whilst the sliding drawer has a fold down end, making it into an ideal second work surface to hold pens, pencils, drawing equipment and paperwork; keeping the main drawing surface clear. With the drawer closed the table makes a fine piece of compact decorative furniture.

Table 508 - click for details Table 508 - click for details

Antique, ersatz, or reproduction? This console table is inspired by the French Louis Philippe style, but it is not a copy of any particular piece. The solid walnut turned legs have brass inlays; the cornice and base shelf are veneered in walnut; a granite top completes the console.

Table 512 - click for details

Art Deco style. A side table inspired by the work of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. This elegant two drawer table is constructed in wenge and maple finished with French polish.

Table 1196 - click for details Table 1196 - click for details

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Lamps and bowls...

Lamp 1013 - click for details Lamp 1021 - click for details Lamp 1022 - click for details Lamp 503 - click for details Bowl 504 - click for details Bowl 1023 - click for details

All these lamps are hand turned.
Many are turned from solid maple with bands of contrasting timber in the lamp pillar, sometimes with a matching band in the base.

Lamp 1013 - click for details

The lamps are all fitted with fully earthed bayonet lamp holders and in-line flex switches. They can be fitted with a shade of your choice.
A maximum bulb rating of 60W (incandescent)is recommended (or less if the manufacturer of the shade so recommends).

Lamp 1021 - click for details

Turned lamps can be simple, or more unusual, like this stacked ball example.
This lamp is turned from a lamination of many layers of American black walnut, finished with a soft traditional shellac varnish.

Lamp 503 - click for details

The hand-turned bowls can range from the simple to the highly decorative. Shown here is a bowl using built-up contrasting timbers that are exposed in interesting patterns by the turning process.

Bowl 504 - click for details

The bowls are finished in a variety of ways. The oiled finish used on the small macassar ebony bowl shown here is very practical, and the oil enhances the natural sheen of the wood.

Bowl 1023 - click for details

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