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Elm Console Table

Designed as a companion to the elm & glass dining table, this console table uses a stunning piece of burr elm as a top. The legs are a modification of the scissor arch legs used on the dining table. It is intended as a dining room piece but could equally well fit in a hallway.

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Sycamore Cupboard

Part of a bedroom furniture set, the cupboard unit makes use of curved sides to give a flow to the piece. It was designed to give the appearance of a standard cupboard while containing audio equipment – cable management features are included. The door fronts use an ‘S’ curve on the front face of rosewood inlay to contrast the light coloured sycamore. Sliding doors were used on the cupboard to allow it to occupy an awkward space.

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Oak Corner Unit

The oak corner unit was designed for a new custom built house. It sits under a feature oak staircase and is intended to provide a combination of book shelves, storage and display area. It takes in a corner so the opportunity to use concave and convex doors allowed it to sweep round the corner. The book case is stepped to follow the line of the stairs and stainless steel supports for the end shelves were used to tie into stainless steel in the stair.

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Elm Corner Unit

This unit was designed to fit a specific space and hold a Hi-Fi unit and an LP collection. Elm is always a great wood to work with and the grain in this wood shows off well. The curved doors take the unit gracefully round the corner. Wedges inside the unit were designed to keep the records in place.

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Burr Elm Table

This is a variant on tables made previously using a fantastic piece of burr elm to give a characterful table top. The top is covered in toughened glass and the scalloped square legs and an interesting feature.

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Oak Corner Unit

This oak corner unit was commissioned to fit a very specific space. It is 4m long and made of Scottish oak. The need to go round a corner allowed use of concave doors which were a bit fiddly but make the piece a bit special.

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Sculpted Birch Ply Table

This was a spin off from a larger table. Stacking layers of birch ply then sculpting a curved shape reveals a fantastic view of the ply laminations. The technique is more sculptural than I normally do but was really enjoyable to make. The top section has a turned bowl (again, just to show off the layers) with a toughened glass top.

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Scissor Arch Coffee Table

This table is based on the elm and glass coffee table I made a couple of years ago but with a couple of changes. The glass is shaped to the lines of the timber giving a really organic shape. Also, the legs are an interlocking pair of curves. This shape is based on the scissor arch seen in Wells Cathedral – I love the shape and will have to use it again.

Secret storage for magazines and TV remotes is hidden under the top.

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The Great Wave Table

The Great Wave Table is a marquetry piece that uses the classic Japanese print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ by Hokusai. The image is used 4 times in a circular pattern. The legs are circular & sinusoidal finished in olive ash veneer.

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Crossover Side Table

This started as an experiment with the sabre legs used in previous designs. I reckoned that the legs would look good crossing over in an ‘X’ under the table top. It took a bit of figuring out to avoid the legs clashing but I’m really pleased with the result and think that there is scope for turning this into a dining table or making into a glass top table.

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Chess Table

A custom made games table with veneered top and elm legs. The clients were keen to personalise the design so we came up with the idea of including marquetry cityscapes of places they had visited. Although it is primarily a chess table, a separate backgammon board was made at the same time

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Burr Elm Side Tables

These burr elm tables were commissioned to match the large burr elm coffee table. After an extensive search for 2 good bits of burr elm (its getting hard to find!) I got my hands on these fantastic, chunky slabs. They were both meant to be approximately circular with some natural edge but one piece had such a great edge I couldn’t cut it off.

The tops were filled with amber resin inlaid with shredded gold leaf to match the original table. The bases are 21 layers of birch ply cut to shape, stacked and sculpted to be a tree-like shape.

All finished in several coats of Danish oil.

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Burr Elm Coffee Table

Coffee table in elm. This is a really nice follow on project. Last year I made a desk from elm that used to grow on the Meadows in Edinburgh. The coffee table was commissioned as a matching piece but the only wood remaining from the first project was a small section of burr. We managed to figure out that this could be a focal point framed by new elm. Works really well and it was great to see it in the same room as the desk

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Burr Elm Mirrors

Some pieces of wood deserve to be shown off. These pieces of burr elm were looking great before being planed up, but with a bit of work and finished with oil the grain is amazing.

Burr elm mirrors are 1m x 75cm, finished in Danish oil

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Burr Elm & Glass Table

I have seen this idea in a few different forms, most notably work by the American designer Greg Klassen and have been keen to find an excuse to make a natural edge table with glass in the centre. The excuse actually came in finding a great piece of elm that lent its self to the idea. While a really interesting natural edge is a fantastic feature – especially a piece of burr elm like this – is often isn’t practical for furniture as it leaves a very rough edge exposed. The idea of having the edge visible under glass solves this.

Think this idea can easily be scaled up to dining table size. Very keen to try that!

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Ash Side Tables

Based on an earlier project, this pair of ash side tables make best use of some fantastically interestingly grained ash. The tops are offset with a thin line of rosewood inlay. I am using the leg configuration that worked really well on the natural edge elm tables.

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Wegner Chair

Based on a classic Danish design by the late Hans Wegner, this chair is exceptionally comfortable. The frame is oak (with a fantastic and quite unusual grain pattern). A couple of hand made cushions complete the design.

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Windblown Console Table

The Windblown Console Table was designed for an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The timber – sweet chestnut & Norway maple – came from trees brought down during cyclone Andrea in 2012. The exhibition aimed to show life after the storm.

The piece uses a twist on the conventional console table shape as if it is bracing against a strong wind. This gives a real dynamic feel to the work.

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Rib Rocking Chair

The Rib Rocking Chair is a striking piece. It is made from some fantastically characterful rippled sycamore. The design is based on a series of ribs that form the seat and back – this both gives a great look and is very comfortable. The inspiration comes partly from Sam Maloof’s classic rocking chair with its oversized rockers and partly from the Tim Stead rib chair.