Here is where we pay homage to the tree, the timber and the knowledge passed down through decades from within the forestry & timber industry we’ve been a part of for so long.
We’re holding onto what we’ve learned and leaning more everyday about the different species of wood we work with.
Here is where we’ll share everything we know with you.
Come back soon and find out about Ash, Beech, Cedar of Lebanon, Cherry, Chestnut, Douglas Fir, Elm, Larch, Lime, Maple, Oak, Plane, Poplar, Sycamore, Sapele, Southern Yellow Pine, Walnut, Western Red Cedar, Yew and more
If you just can’t wait to find out get in touch and ask us a question and we’ll get right back to you.
It’s easy to rib students for being slack and having an easy life… for being unorganised, for eating last night’s takeaway for breakfast and for doing all their work the night before a deadline… but aren’t we really just a little bit jealous?
Days and nights spent indulging your ideas, studio/workshop facilities on tap, tutors to drain knowledge out of… the college sports facilities and the SU bar !!? Yep.. I’m jealous.
I remember the first student to call us from the 1st year of the 3D Design BTEC at Chichester College was Ugne Krymcevaite. I remember so well because she knew what she wanted! She was so well prepared I was quite taken aback. In a matter of seconds she had given her details, reeled off her cutting list – finished sizes of course – and she was gone, back into the ether from whence she came.
Steve called her back within minutes with the price for the Ash-planed-all-round and before I knew it the timber was ordered, paid for and Peter was walking out of the office with the ‘mill copy’ in hand…
“Most unusual!” I thought to myself… and promptly got on with what I should have been doing.
When the second student called and exhibited similar evidence of being organised, decisive and knowledgable I started to smell a conspiracy… this was not the world as we knew it! Surely alien imposters were inhabiting the bodies of Chichester students???
After at least 18 more phonecalls in the space of 3 days we were convinced and had started to batten down hatches.
As it transpired, under the tutelage of Terry Molyneaux – 3D Design course leader and active furniture maker – students were thoroughly drilled in the art of timber buying and had the added weight of a module deadline to steel themselves against… hence the flurry of decisive action.
Tom (our illustrious leader) was obviously as relieved as I was that we were not going to be fending off an alien invasion and took his own decisive action… “Prizes for the Students”
So to reward their fantastic work ethic, their commitment to design process and inevitably, their finished design pieces we sent Steve and Peter down to meet the students, view the exhibition and award the 3 prizes. Here is some of the work on show to whet your appetite…
These are the choices they made.
1st prize Kai Alexander with his Walnut tribute to Gerrit Rietveld
2nd Prize Madara Degterre with a finely executed Oak lounge chair
3rd Prize Liam Bailey with dining chair in Ash with nice use of colour & grain
These three lucky people very deservedly get to come and raid the timber larder for their next ‘woody’ projects.
So a very ‘Well Done’ to all the students. ‘Thank You’ for using our wood in your designs, and Please don’t take your time at college for granted…!
P.S. Great to see models of the furniture pieces too… you can never have enough models!
I took a quick walk round the stock shed to look for something I know is there and yet again… it’s been moved. The wood that is.
The stock shed fairy has had another change around!
I know we have the weekly challenge of finding places to put new stock… and at the same time Peter is a complete neat freak and refuses to just pile something up infront of something else if it isn’t the right species or thickness or country of origin or something.
So just when I think I know my way around… I discover I don’t.
Funnily enough, I don’t even mind because I never get tired of snooping around in the stock shed.
It’s a great source of inspiration for me. I usually end up getting way too overexcited about all the things I could make or build the following weekend, at which point all the guys in the yard look at each other and roll their eyes…
and then the coffee wears off and I decide to just go and take pictures and wait for someone else to be inspired to make things instead.
P.S. 3 things I love about the stock shed…
1. When we stand boards up so that you can actually see what they look like… I know it’s not how we should store timber (thank you Peter) but it is SO much more interesting to look at this way
2. The old mining bucket that makes me feel Lilliputian.
3. The Sycamore. We take it for granted as a tree and yet it makes a beautiful, affordable wood.
Ok 4 things..
4. I just realised I LOVE that we are tagging & measuring & listing all our boards… it’s yet another thing I can get a bit overexcited about… having a new stock system!!!!!
People are so aften surprised to find that English Elm is available to work with.
The trees no longer survive in our southern part of the country (except for a few pockets eg. Preston Park Brighton) but they do grow healthily further north where climatic variations have meant they didn’t ‘go Dutch’… and here’s the proof!
Adrian and Chris at Cimtree ( fine furniture designer/makers www.cimitree.com ) have recently finished this handmade Elm kitchen. (more…)
Christine Layton was slightly reluctant to show me photo’s of her work (because she is a very humble and modest person) but I have taken advantage of her sweet nature to raid her portfolio to show them off anyway…
This lady makes fine furniture. She works on commissions only but don’t let that very formal term put you off… it just means she doesn’t sell her furniture in shops. (more…)
Walnut boards always makes me think of Aero chocolate bars… which I haven’t even had for years.
It’s these lovely little pieces of bubbly grained English Walnut boards, they’re busier than one of Peter’s Hawaiian shirts! And speaking of the Master & Commander of the Kiln Dried Shed, he’s been having a tidy up in the English Walnut bay because the new stock is in and he’s chopped off some long ends because they make his bay look untidy.