Octo’clock

Our latest commission, a beautiful hand carved wooden clock that has then been gilded with three layers of finest gold leaf before being burnished.  A complex, delicate and unique piece that has a certain amount of ‘stage presence’.

20141211-octoclock-11

20150320-octoclock-3

 

Stark Naked!

Stark Naked’ is a modern take on the old suit valet. A surprise gift from Mrs S to Mr S on his birthday.

A Suit Valet in Cherry, beautiful and bespoke. A gift for the clients 40th.

A Suit Valet in Cherry, beautiful and bespoke. A gift for the clients 40th.

This was an especially moving commission. About 10 years ago we met these lovely clients at a show in London and they came very close to commissioning us to make a set of bookcase/media cabinets for their sitting room. Happily the imminent arrival of their first child put the plans on hold with many promises to come back to us one day….

Last year we get a call out of the blue from Mrs S, they have moved out to Gloucestershire now and have two children. It was Mr S’s birthday next February and could we design and make a bespoke suit valet for him. What a lovely surprise, a period of subterfuge followed and the surprise gift was duly presented today (Feb 2015) and Mr S was kind enough to send the email below straight away – very kind.

‘James, Di

You are bloody marvels. Can’t thank you enough – that is the most beautiful, original and wholly personal item.

Blown away.’

Phillip’s Desk

Last November we installed our biggest commission to date.  A massive scheme to fit out one very lucky 15 year old’s bedroom with two bedside chests of drawers, a fitted desk, incorporating another chest of drawers, pigeon holes, bookshelves, lighting, hidden drawers, access to his balcony etc etc etc.

All done in high gloss black lacquer with prime Scottish black leather lining the desk and designed to fit around a new flat screen TV, IT kit and a Sonos music system. Luckily Phillip was delighted – phew!  When you are installing a piece as large as this in a finished bedroom you have to be so careful ….. and that includes a team of three to drill a hole – drill, vacuum and dustpan to keep the carpet clean.

Phillips Desk M-6    Phillips Desk M-16

Phillips Desk M-41    Phillips Desk M-28

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

Ld-Lt-Award-JM003

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 – www.houseofmutt.com.

The Big Battlefield Bike Ride strikes again

Our chosen charity, Help for Heroes benefitted again this year but this time both Di and I cycled back from Paris via various battlefields to London.  Along the way we were accompanied by wounded servicemen and women from the UK, Canada and America for a tough but rewarding ride.  Again the generosity was incredible and we have now raised over £25,000 for Help for Heroes.

The Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2010

In May James joined some 300 other cyclists to cycle from Portsmouth to Dunkirk via Le Havre, Dieppe, Amiens, Arras and Ypres – a distance of 350 miles in 5 days. Not bad considering James hadn’t sat on a bicycle since his childhood. With the very generous help of all sorts of people we managed to raise just over £13,500 – for this very worthwhile charity – www.Help for Heroes.org.uk.