July to December 2017

Platform Bed and Bookshelf Ladder

I made this bed and the bookshelf stairs to create more space in a small bedroom in Leith.  The sleeping platform is fixed in to the walls so there is no need for supporting posts. The man who sleeps in the bed says he will keep his fiction on the stairs so that he can climb up a stairway of stories to go to sleep.

Windowsill Desk

This desk is made from oak and designed as an unintrusive working space.

Staircase Restoration

These stairs are in a house in the colonies in Edinburgh. They were originally painted and carpeted so needed to be sanded back to the bare wood and then oiled with a high solids protective oil.

Staircase Repair

These stairs were old and hadn’t been fitted well in the first place, so they made a terrible squeaking noise whenever anyone went near them. I added strengthening batons and used expanding glue to hold the stairs solidly together. They are now almost silent.

Desk with Leather Insert

This desk was commissioned by an academic living in Edinburgh. The leather insert was form an old family desk that was beyond repair. The wood I used for the desk is Scottish oak with beautiful figure and variation of colour. The draw front is made of book matched boards meaning that one side is a mirror image of the other. my client was very pleased with the fusion of traditional and modern styles.

 

Coffee Table

I made this coffee table top from reclaimed pitch pine take from an 18th century manse in Aberdeenshire. It is oiled which brings out the colour in redder and darker woods.

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Dining table

This 10-seat dining table was commissioned for a newly built house in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. After visiting to see the house and discuss options I designed and made this dining table from Scottish elm. The whole table is made from the same tree which ensures that the colour of the wood is consistent over the whole table. There are few right angles in the design which made it a challenge to make.

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Bathroom Cabinet

This was commissioned by Hugh Parsons, a designer based in Edinburgh. The cupboard is made of lacquered birch ply with marquetry on the door front and polished brass pivot hinges.

 

 

Kitchen Cupboard

This walk-in cupboard in a tenement in Portobello was wasted space. I coordinated plastering and installed fitted drawers and shelving up to the ceiling to create as much storage space as possible.

 

Elm Letter Box

The corner joints are hand cut dovetails that are not cut flush with the sides of the box, this really brings attention to this beautiful jointing method. The handle on the lid is formed by following the grain of the wood.

 

Douglas Fir Bed

This bed was commissioned for a house in Peebles. It is made with Douglas fir. It has a slanted headboard for sitting up comfortably in bed and a sprung mattress base.

 

January to June, 2017

Library Shelving

After moving to Edinburgh my first job was in Galashiels building library shelving to store a collection of rare botanical books. The shelving is in birch ply with solid wood edging and facings. The library has nine fitted bookcases containing 70 metres of adjustable-height shelves. I made all the components at my workshop in Dalkeith and then me and a colleague spent four days fitting in Galashiels. It was great to change the whole character of the room into one given over completely to books.

Kist Restoration

This 100-year old traditional Scottish kist was badly worn and scratched so I discussed restoration options, and decided to strip and varnish the top, leaving some marks of the kist’s use while revealing the colour of the pine, and repainting the sides. The old pine was very dense, and every finer sanding revealed new intricacies in the wood – it was a pleasure to work with.

 

Spice Box

This was commissioned by a keen cook who likes curry. I made the sides from oak and the top panel of Scottish elm. I used elm from two different trees to make use of the colour variations in elm.

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Large Bedroom Wardrobes for Edinburgh New Town

I made these two large fitted wardrobes for a newly renovated flat in Edinburgh’s New Town. At over three metres high and 60cm deep they provide a huge amount of storage space. They are made from birch ply with solid wood edging, facings, and doors. The door hinges are solid brass with hidden magnetic closures which keep the doors perfectly in line. For the drawers I used high-capacity soft close drawer runners which feel very smooth to use.

These wardrobes are the biggest pieces of furniture I’ve made – they were a bit of a challenge to assemble as they were so high! When they were in place though they looked magnificent.