A hollow vessel turned on the lathe from english oak burr and precious bog oak. The bark edge is still retained in this piece, with it's hollow interior visible through its walls.
Bog oak is formed when an oak tree falls into a peat bog for many hundreds even thousands of years. Due to the conditions of the mineral rich peat, which lacks oxygen, it reacts with the tannins in the oak to form a very dark black wood, which still retains the characteristics of oak although can be harder to work.
Dia. 26cm x H 11 cm
A fumed oak coffee table designed to match the clients existing architectural features in a room. Drawing on details from their fire place, this bespoke table features octagonal legs that are fixed to an under-frame that allows for seasonal movement in the top.
Because the top and legs were from oak trees that contained different amounts of tannin, the fuming process (exposing the wood to ammonia) took different lengths of time - the legs took 30 minutes whilst the top took 12 hours to achieve the continuity in tone.
A chest of drawers designed by Philip Koomen Furniture and made by Daniel Harrison in oak with walnut detailing. This substantial piece of furniture was commissioned to store clothing as well as shoes in the open shelving area.
With Shaker design references this is a functional piece of timeless furniture for the home. The drawers are fitted with soft close mechanisms and the top features book-matched crown cut oak with walnut inlay, finished in oil and wax.
Project Duration: 250 hrs
A pair of cabinets made to house AV equipment, part of a media entertainment system. These cabinets feature hand cut mitred dovetails, book-matched burr walnut doors with recessed cove pulls and hidden magnetic door catches. They sit on frames with chamfered rails and tapered feet. My makers mark is set into opposing doors and an adjustable shelf allows smaller equipment to be stored.
Made in American black walnut, burr American black walnut and ebony. Finished in oil and wax.
Dimensions: W 63cm, D 42cm, H 49cm
A stained hollow vessel in air seasoned English oak with bog oak detailing, finished in a satin oil.
Dia. 19cm x H 11 cm
A curiosity cabinet inspired by the abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky. This storage piece of furniture is designed to house and display found objects and curiosities that aim to inspire future projects. The design is inspired by Kandinsky's pen and watercolour drawing 'on the points' created in 1928.
"Vasily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) was one of the great pioneers of abstract art. To him, art was a means of expression in which what one actually sees and what one feels are blended, rather than a phenomenon of perception."
This cabinet is made in ripple maple, American black walnut, burr American black walnut, ebony and ash; finished in a clear matt oil and wax.
H 154cm, W 68cm, D 16cm
Project duration: 110 hrs
Oak and smoked oak were used in this hall tables construction; the legs are fluted meeting tapered chamfers at the top of the piece - a striking feature. The deep rich colour of this table is a result of exposing the wood to the fumes of ammonia solution, which reacts with the tannins present in the wood. A pair of drawers in quarter saw oak contrast the rest of the piece and feature hand cut dovetails and a discrete pull handle.
L 100cm, H 85cm, D 34.5cm
Inspired by the church of St Mary in Oxford, this console table features a tapered fluted pedestal that supports a solid book-matched top, here in smoked oak. The process of smoking or fuming is one where the oak is exposed to the fumes of ammonia solution in a sealed chamber, which turns the exterior surface a deep rich chocolate colour.
This table can be remade in a variety of other timbers and dimensions
Inspired by pottery of ancient civilizations and reminiscent of an archeological find, this natural edged bowl is made from a silver birch root-ball (Betula Pendula). The deep rich colours of the root make this piece very different from birch’s usual paler colour. Turning a form such as this requires the lathe to run at high speeds, and with a wall thickness of 5mm great care needs to be taken in it’s making.
H 9.5cm, Dia. 20cm
William Wordsworth's poem 'Yew Trees' inspired the design of this bench. The words 'Serpentine', 'Intertwisted fibres' and 'Upcoiling' were used as a starting point from which initial sketches were made. A 1:5 scale model made in yew wood was made before making a full sized version, photographed here in oak.
L 140cm W 53cm H 50cm
A large carved Rooster made specially for Howdens Joinery in lime wood. The caving sits on a pedestal in oak and the overall sculpture is mounted on a large turned cylindrical oak 'log', finished in a satin matt oil.
Project duration: 366 hrs
A fitted suite of wardrobes incorporating a chest of drawers, designed by Philip Koomen and made in collaboration with senior maker James Willis and myself. The interior is oiled oak and doors are to be painted, made in tulip wood with ash panels.
Inspired by scallop sea-shells this arm chair features a moulded backrest made by tapering solid oak laminates and gluing them back together, in sequence around a former. The sculpted seat and sweeping arm rests embrace the body, providing a comfortable sitting experience.
Dimension: W 59cm x D 53cm x H 112cm
Hand carved from solid beech this rocking horse features real horse hair for the mane and tail. The base is made from ash with African blackwood wedge detailing and the body stained to match the markings of the clients real horse.
L 150cm, H 125cm, W 50cm
This turned vessel is made from locally sourced spalted maple and features an ebonised rim top and bottom. The term spalting refers to a particular process caused by a fungus that naturally changes the colour of the wood.
H 16cm, Dia. 17cm
Designed to suit a clients requirements heritage celebrates Arts and Crafts construction. Traditionally made, this coffee table features through tenon joinery and uses 5000 year old bog oak detailing. The example here is shown in European oak with a satin finish and has a useful shelf for storing books and magazines.
L 60cm, W 40cm, H 45cm
A console table inspired by the Church of St Mary, Oxford, U.K. This table features a tapered fluted pedestal and a bookmatched top, here in pippy oak. An ash surround frames the bookmatched piece and is set into a groove which allows for seasonal movement.
L 99cm, W 31cm, H 90cm
Made in European oak and featuring fluted legs with tapered chamfers, this table is idealy suited for a hall way or similar space. The drawers are constructed with hand cut dovetails and have a concealed cove cut under the oak drawer front to open and close.
L 100cm, H 85cm, D 34cm
A selection of my hand bound sketchbooks and portfolios in a range of materials.
A small bowl in olive ash with crisp rim detailing. By using a food safe finish this bowl is perfect for sharing a range of foods and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
H 6.5cm, Dia. 20cm
A series of wooden wine bottles made specially for The Creperie restaurant, Brighton U.K. These spalted beech bottles are made to scale and feature a custom made label of house wines on offer.
A small box featuring mitred dovetails and a cocobolo pull handle. Lined in green suede and finished in Danish oil and wax, this was completed as a set project at Rycotewood Furniture College.
A hollow vessel turned on the lathe made from ebony & yew. The yew was dyed in a light chestnut stain before applying lacquer to accentuate the grain pattern. The opening diameter at the top is 12mm.
H 33 cm, Dia. 9cm
Here are a selection of sketches; some are captured from the urban environment and others show initial concepts from various sources. I like to draw spontaneously and in the moment using continuous line methods which give the sketches a feeling of movement.