Symphony in oak

Symphony in oak

Steam bending is a core skill in woodworking, involving strips of wood being steam heated in a steam box, then bent around a former to create a specific shape. It’s a technique still widely used today, and not just in furniture design.  It’s a core element in, for...
A cabinet on the side

A cabinet on the side

Ross Cunnison is proving that a relatively simple piece of furniture can be made wonderful with creative talent and a lot of skill. Ross, originally from Stonehaven but now living in Edinburgh, came on our professional course after ten years working offshore in the...
A curve in the garden

A curve in the garden

Tom Smyth from Bristol has taken inspiration for his steam-bent oak garden bench from recent work he carried out repairing the roof of a listed 400-year-old timber framed barn in Hampshire. Although the scale of the roofing project was rather different, the principles...
An olive table

An olive table

Brian Crozier, originally from the Scottish Borders, is a former social worker and mental health officer. He’s now proving himself to be a gifted woodworker, and is embarked on making a beautifully-contoured dining table. He has a particular love of local hardwoods,...
Tea from Japan

Tea from Japan

Christian Burt from Portland, Oregon is influenced by far-flung woodworking philosophies and his Japanese tea cabinet is already shaping up to be a work of art. Christian initially studied photography, then worked on an organic farm growing a variety of soft fruits,...