Sunday, 30 November 2008

Seaside throne

I always picture this chair placed on the outside deck of some lovely beach house. I'd sit on it and look out to sea on a lovely sunny afternoon. One day maybe!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

2 pages from my sketch book

Here are 2 pages from one of my sketch books. I thought it might be interesting to show how a few of my pieces looked at the idea stage. There's the tall green cupboard, the blue wall porthole cupboard and a few clock designs.

Pink hanging fish cupboard

I made this cupboard at about the same time as the blue porthole cupboard. The door infill was made out of wood from an old packing case, the frame from old floorboards and the top from old pottery boards. When I eventually sold this piece, the lady who bought it wanted it blue so it was re painted. Understandably blues and turquoises are much more popular colours for my more sea-sidey furniture.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Porthole cupboard unpainted

Here's what the blue porthole cupboard looked like before it was painted, sometimes I think it'd be nice just to leave one 
like this.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Port hole cupboard

This was one of the first really sea-sidey pieces I made and developed my weather beaten paint effect technique. I sold this piece in the Avalon Gallery in Marazion, near Penzance in Cornwall. It went really quickly and I've always meant to make another.

Giant garden throne

This 'chair' was my second major project and took a number of years to complete, just working odd weekends. (Please look at a more recent post). It's made up of all sorts of timber sourced from waste piles in timber yards, junk shops, salvage yards and a few bits were found half buried in the ground in our garden in Shropshire (our house dated from the mid 16th century so the front legs might be that old).

The first chair I made

Here's a picture of the first piece of furniture I made, obviously all from reclaimed timber (taken in our garden when we lived in Shropshire. Really fantastic views, but I still prefer the sea!). It was a great learning process making this chair and I felt quite a simple sense of achievement when it was finished. Poor thing is stuck in a shed, for the moment, but I hope we can bring it back into the house at some point.