In The Making

PART 3 The interior in comparison to many of our whisky boxes appears quite simple with only a tray to hold four bottles of whisky and a drawer for two booklets but of course nothing is ever as simple as it appears. The tray needs to rotate through 90 degrees and be held at that…

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Selecting the right wood

Which wood works best? If you’re commissioning a piece of furniture, specifying is certainly an exciting process and gives the client the chance to push the boundaries of the norm and work with the designer to create something truly unique. It is therefore vital to ensure that the journey is well planned with clear directions….

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When you start your own furniture making business it is usually because you are a good craftsman who wants to make furniture for a living. The problem of being good at it is that you end up running a business rather than doing what you initially set out to do. One of the benefits of…

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A Legacy of care and attention

The company ethos at NEJ Stevenson furniture makers is “doing the right thing by people” and treating everyone, employees, suppliers and customers with integrity and respect. The impact of this can be seen in several ways; client loyalty and repeat business being one, but also within the committed efforts made by the firm to nurture…

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Fresh coffee to go in under a minute, London to New York in 90 minutes (if Richard Branson’s new transatlantic airline dreams come true), high fashion on the catwalk on sale at half the price and quality the next day. Next day self-assembly cheap furniture in boxes, that lasts slightly longer than the time it…

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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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