"The finished article just been received ... Dave has a real eye for detail ... It is a stunning piece of craftsmanship" (Richard H)
Showcase piece - the Wylam Story Chair
At the beginning of 2019 I was approached by the Wylam WI group who wanted to commission a specific piece to celebrate their centenary. The group had decided that they would like to donate a "story chair" to their local library and asked if I would offer them some ideas on design. The resulting design won their approval and the chair was delivered in October 2019 for the grand presentation at the library. The idea of the story chair is that it provides a specific place for an adult and a child to sit together and read a story. The chair therefore needs to be big enough to accommodate both of them, and ideally have some interesting character of its own.
My design combined several elements but most fundamental of all was that the chair should be both strong and stable. I chose to make the back of the chair and the arm/leg components to be the biggest features. The back consists of five boards of different native species (Ash, Beech, Cherry, Elm and Oak) each of which has an image of its leaf as a blind cutout. The arm/leg components were designed to be organic in form but also extremely strong - they are of laminated Oak.
The photos below show the construction of the chair and its final resting place in the library
I am regularly asked to help a customer with an unusual item, three of which are illustrated here. In each case the customer came to me to see if I could help them solve a particular problem.
If you need something a bit out of the ordinary, do get in touch via my Contact page
This historic hand sundial was given to a golf club for use as a trophy. The club asked me to design and make a plinth.
The completed plinth in Oak. It stands about 7" tall and will be fitted with a silver band around the body to record the names of winners.
A local club asked me to make them a trophy shield. In this case a direct copy of another shield. It is in Elm
The reverse of the shield showing the simple prop support
I designed and made this stand for a museum to display a small Roman sword. Here it holds the mock up sword approx 25cm long
The stand in use with the real model sword for display. The stand is in Cherry wood with cork buffers to act as contact points for the sword