Bespoke Guild Mark #2

I was very pleased to learn recently that the ‘Vortex’ dining table which I helped Marc Fish to make last year has been awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark. As a named maker I get a name-check on the certificate, which is always rewarding to see.

I made the laminated twisted pedestal base on which the resin top sits. It was made from a couple of thousand strips of hand-laid oak and sycamore veneer, cut in such a way that they both curve and taper as they move around the former, to give the whirlpool effect Marc was after. There were quite a few head-scratching moments, but the final result is pretty satisfying!

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Sika gets another gong

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover, at the preview evening for Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, that my Sika console table had been awarded a commendation in the Furniture Makers' Design Award for 2018.

I had a lovely chat with one of the judges after the award, who turned out to be none other than Christopher Claxton-Stevens - the sponsor of the eponymous annual award for best Bespoke Guild Mark of the year. It was an honour to meet him and talk about my work, and in particular to receive such positive feedback from someone so knowledgeable.

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