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Craft as Salvation

Back in September 1999 Tony Blair announced that 50% of young people should go into higher education, which is a fine target if it meant that 50% of young people were going into a field that was relevant and of value to both them and the country. What happened was a drive to get young…

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Bespoke Furniture – The New Standard?

Mass production furniture is an essential part of most furnishing schemes, but many buyers are looking for something more meaningful and simpler in origin than a standard item from a factory production line. Clients want something that evokes a response and has a unique origin. The awareness of climate and the environment is creating a…

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Standard Sizes

Lots of materials that we use regularly are supplied in standard sizes and for the purposes of economy and lead times it is sensible to fit within those sizes wherever possible. There are many variations of standard sizes from various manufacturers so this is only an overall guide. Solid Timber SAWN THICKNESS      …

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Doing our bit for the Planet

Back in 1999 when we built our workshops and offices the UK’s total energy consumption was 244.3 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent), in 2015 that had dropped to 203 despite the economy nearly doubling in size, which I find very impressive. I assume that originally the drive towards efficiency was more a case of…

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Vague Specifications

“Dado height raised and fielded high quality oak panelling to walls with semi-matt clear lacquer finish all as dwg”. The above is a typical example of a specification that we may receive from a designer, architect, quantity surveyor and to many, would appear to be a clear and precise description of what is required. To…

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Design for Success

Commissioning any piece of specialist work can be a daunting task particularly as you are likely to have to commit to some expenditure before you actually see the finished piece. If you are intending to obtain the greatest benefit from your patronage, there are a number of fundamental points to consider. You cannot short-circuit the…

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Designing New Furniture For Historic Interiors

As soon as contemporary or modern design is mentioned there are immediate concerns that it will be inappropriate to a historic building, but why? Perhaps this is often because what is classed as ‘modern’ is merely poorly designed, but the best of modern design can hold its head up amongst the finest of historical pieces….

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Pocket Doors

What is a pocket door? A pocket door can refer to two different types of doors: A door that slides in one direction into a preformed cavity. This is normally a room door where the door leaf disappears into the wall next to it and can be a single or a pair. A door that…

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The end of skills?

Like most people I am reluctant to change, not actually opposed, but throwing out tried and tested methods in favour of the new and unproven can be difficult. In the field of furniture design and especially within manufacturing, development is ongoing and whilst we welcome developments that make life easier and improve the quality of…

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