Work for sale and past projects
with oak top and mid blue paint on poplar base
This square topped coffee table is the right height to stand by a chair or bedside and is very stable. The oak top has a Danish oil finish which will take coffee cups and is easy to maintain. The base is made of poplar and is painted a mid blue (Hicks Blue). The size of this one is 50cm x 50cm x 51.5 cm high, and the price is £125 at the Hartest Art and Craft Market on 9th December 2017.
This small round table is based on the traditional cricket table design. The idea is that a cricket table should be stable on uneven ground - such as a cricket ground - and have a bottom shelf to put your beer on while you go off to bat. This one is just right for a coffee table or occasional table indoors. It is very stable so is not easy for children to knock over. It measures 52cm high by 49cm in diameter. It has a brown oak top and a poplar base painted 'Hicks Blue'. Brown oak is quite rare and is oak that has been attacked by beaf-steak fungus. It will be for sale for £115 at the Hartest Art and Craft Market on 9th December 2017.
poplar with cream chalk paint and wax
This small shelf is a good size for displaying small items, although I can make bigger ones to order. The cream chalk paint is cut back to show the grain of the wood. It has a wax finish over thepaint. The shelves are housed into the sides and the corners are dovetailed. The size of this one is 45cm x 45cm x 15cm (max), and the price is £48 at the Hartest Art and Craft Market on 9th December 2017.
with two drawers and bog oak handles
There is not much elm about these days, and this timber is the last of my stock. I was able to place the wild grain to advantage and use some burrs for the drawer fronts. All corners are properly dovetailed and the shelves housed in. It is sealed and waxed. The size is 45cm x 45cm x 15cm (max).
Small Shaker Style Wall Cabinet (sold)
This is designed as a bathroom or medicine cabinet, or perhaps it might hold a collection of treasures. It is based on an American Shaker original, and is made of brown oak with a bog oak handle. Brown oak is highly prised by cabinet makers and is English oak which has been attacked by beef-steak fungus, which gives it a rich red-brown colour. You may have seen the inside of an old oak hollow tree which often has that same rich red-brown colour.
The size for this cabinet is:
52cm (max) high
32.5cm (max) wide
This small round table is based on the traditional cricket table design. The idea is that a cricket table should be stable on uneven ground - such as a cricket ground - and have a bottom shelf to put your beer on while you go off to bat. This one is just right for a coffee table or occasional table indoors. It is very stable so is not easy for children to knock over. It measures 48cm (19 inches) high by 48cm in diameter.
For interested locals, the base is made from ash from my own land and was previously coppiced by Phil and John Kerry in 1962 - and then again by me in 2015. The quarter sawn oak is from Ickworth Park.
Limed Oak Shelf with Two Drawers (sold)
I have made a number of these in the past in a variety of woods and finishes, and different sizes. This one is made of quarter sawn oak (look for the rays in the figure). The surface is sanded, wire brushed to open the grain and then finished with liming polish which stays in the grain for that unique limed oak look. You can only really do this with oak because of its open grain. Note the hand turned oak handles with the same grain. The size is 45cm by 45cm by 15cm deep.
Danish Style Chest of Drawers (sold)
This small chest of drawers was inspired by a piece by Danish designer Axel Kjaersgaard. It is made of locally grown ash for the carcass with spalted ash for the drawer fronts. There are dovetail joints all round. The recessed handles were a little tricky, but I now have the hang of it with the help of a couple of router jigs. The finish is Danish Oil, which is repairable and can be re-oiled or wax polished.
Fish Shaped Chopping Boards (sold)
I had a bit of fun with these, making a batch of them for friends' birthdays and anniversaries. The fish shape is based on a plaice, so of course we had to call them 'Plaice Mats'!
The wood for these is Suffolk oak with re-claimed scraps of meranti for the red spots and black bog oak for the eyes. The bog oak came from some great black stumps in peat diggings in Norfolk, and must be three or four thousand years old.