Beaulieu Abbey Church Cross

A unique project that took some long time to come to fruition.  The result is spectacular – the cross itself is gilded and painted in Cistercian red.  One of the many lovely aspects about this commission is that the cross is made up of the old oak Memorial Cross which was presented to Beaulieu Abbey by the family of one of its soldiers back in 1917.  Writes Di – this really shows ‘to the max’ James’ skill at design, measuring and attention to detail.

The hanging of the cross was exciting and nerve wracking in equal measures! A fair amount of tension in the air as this all happened on November 6th in time for Remembrance Sunday – the main thrust of the Vicar’s sermon hinged on the cross and some of the original family members were there!  After some 3 to 4 hours of preparation, James, along with Richard and Kevin, completed the task in front of an audience which consisted of the Vicar, Churchwardens and benefactress!  Apart from the uneven weight of the cross (the heaviest area being the top section of the cross), the key part in the process was to make sure that the cross bar did not come into contact with the niche walls – all quite tricky but successfully achieved and navigated!

An epic and seminal day!  Our thanks to Tim, Mark, Richard and Kevin for their roles in this project.

Details can be found in our portfolio, here.

James Helps Inspire the Next Generation

Plymouth Seminar


It was a great honour to be asked by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to join John Makepeace and Richard Miller of Halstock on stage down at Plymouth University to tell both students and industry experts of our story. We each covered very different back grounds and then answered many questions in the Q & A session afterwards. A fascinating evening for us that I hope the students felt was useful. Here is a report by the furniture Makers Company.

Lord Lieutenant’s Award – Certificate for Meritorious Service


In recognition of James’ work with The Royal Devon Yeomanry as Squadron Leader with particular note to recruitment, morale, training and ability, James was awarded a Certificate for Meritorious Service in October 2013.  Also mentioned in the citation was James’ volunteer work with HM Coastguard in Hartland and his charitable work for Help For Heroes.

House of Mutt

We are so happy to have been taken on by House of Mutt to design some really super dog beds for some very special dogs. A new direction for us and a treat for those who really want to spoil their beloved dogs –