Here the elliptical substrate has been cut out and the mating templates produced with the router. Two templates are needed that are replicated around the top. I have jointed the edges of the veneer using a special jig then cut them square with a fine toothed veneer saw (bottom image). Next I will machine the lippings and dry fit them to the substrate.
My brother Ed and I are currently developing a range of products to be launched in the near future. Stay tuned for more info on our Made by Minnow project. In the meantime here are some sneak pics of work in progress from the Coniston Workshop!
Now the divisions have been glued in place, the suede linings are cut to size. I use 0.5mm suede in cloud grey which is wrapped around thin card and individually fitted.
Here I’m using the router table with shop built cross cut sled to form the halving joints; then the final fitting is done by hand using the shooting board.
I’m making an earring / cufflink box in oak and burr oak. Here the box has been glued up with inlay set in, next it’s time to part the lid on the spindle moulder.
The ‘River’ desk that I’ve been working on is nearly finished. Today I put the first coat of oil on and the grain truly sung! This amazing piece of Welsh oak celebrates character that some might class as defective. Bellow and around the resin filled knots is the most fantastic grain rippling that looks three dimensional! Tomorrow it’s out for delivery, looking forward to seeing this in the clients home.
I have just finished a stool for a local client in South Wales. This piece is made from locally sourced Welsh oak burr. The grain is particularly striking and the seats construction allows the legs to be removed and stored away in the accompanying drawer-string bag, by way of strong magnets and locating tenon joinery.
If you are interested in mindfulness / meditation / quiet sitting, why not commission a beautifully designed comfortable seat available in a choice of solid hardwoods. I have a good selection of woods available to choose from and the stools I create range in size to suit individual requirements.
What a joy it is to change knives on a Tersa block after years of frustration setting and fiddling with spring loaded knives! This four knife block takes minutes to change and the finish left is superb - ready for the next project!
Working with a local client to create a desk in Welsh oak. Really looking forward to planing these boards up to see how the grain flows! More to follow…
My Annual Review has been designed and will be going to print shortly. 2018 was a very productive year with lots of interesting commissions and exciting exhibition opportunities. Read about the projects that went on with news and lots of images of bespoke furniture, including a workshop review, plans for the year ahead and your guide to commissioning a piece of bespoke furniture.
For your free copy please send a message from the contact page above and it will be sent by post once the booklet has gone to print.
So this is the place you’ll find the latest updates from the workshop, check back for more handcrafted furniture made in Wales!