Mark’s passion is for creating beautiful furniture that is functional, displays a high degree of craftsmanship and shows off the natural beauty of wood. He enjoys using highly figured timbers and burr veneers to this end and whilst he has a desire to develop his own technical capabilities, he does not allow trying to be clever to get in the way of showing off the inherent natural beauty of the timber. His work features a healthy balance of traditional hand tool work alongside modern techniques and methods.
Mark’s interest in all things wood was ignited during childhood by a woodcarving family friend. Armed with a simple set of chisels, a mallet and a coping saw, simple abstract sculptures and stylised animals were the order of the day. His journey into furniture making began much later as an obsessive hobbyist in his 30’s following a year in Australia that rekindled his interest in all things wood. A desire to create ‘fine furniture’ with perfect joints and seductive flawless surfaces began to emerge. In the years that followed short courses with furniture maker David Charlesworth and box maker Andrew Crawford further inspired Mark towards traditional hand work and the use of decorative veneers and highly figured timbers.
Since 2003 Mark has been using his talent and skill to produce beautiful furniture for private clients alongside a regular part time teaching role in a local secondary school. In recent years, Mark has invested time training at the world renowned Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire.
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