Working with one apprentice and drawing on the labour of reliable
fellow furniture makers when necessary, Philip admits that he does
not deliver a piece of furniture to the customer until he considers
"The finishing can be almost more important than the actual
making up of the chair or table - but I also spend a long time at
the design stage, first visiting the customer to see the room where
they want to place the piece of furniture, discussing their own
ideas and making my own initial suggestions."
"I also trained as a draughtsman so the drawings I present
allow the customer to see the design in detail and to scale. I will
probably visit a customer at least three times during the early
stages - agreeing not only the design, but also the staining of
the wood and any other finishing."
"I was once asked to design a chair with a very tall, straight
back - the key design feature was to add enough kick in the back
to give comfort and support - of course, I had to make sure this
kick came in the right place, so we prepared several templates first
before construction began."
Such attention to detail and the obvious pleasure with which Philip
practices his craft is a rare find in this age of mass produced,
mainly characterless, cheap and cheerful furniture.
Philip is always pleased with the work that he delivers to his customers
- and they too, individuals and companies, are delighted to have
his craftsmanship on display.