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Commissioned Products Gallery

Look through a gallery of commissioned products that have each been made to specifically fit a clients specification. Although none of the products in the gallery are for sale it allows you (the client) to see a wider range of my work and may spark some ideas for your own bespoke commissioned piece.

Piccolo Case - This Piccolo case was commissioned to replace a 30+ year old original that had seen better days. The new case had to be very close in size and shape in order to fit the owners carry case. I was able to reuse the original latches, Yamaha metal badge and also the red velvet lining and plastic tray for the Piccolo to sit in. The velvet required cleaning and restoration before it was able to be used in the new case.  This Piccolo case is constructed from a single piece of Jatoba. It features the original red velvet lining on the bottom and a new interior padded lid with colour matched silk. The original silver latches and badge are complimented with new chrome plated box stop hinges. Finished in a satin spray lacquer for a durable long lasting finish

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Ornamental Vase of Roses - This ornamental Vase of Roses was created as a birthday present. The Vase itself is turned from a solid piece of English Oak, finished in traditional shellac polish and waxed to shine. The Rose Flowers were created using wood shavings and nothing else. A very sharp hand plane was set to take as thick of a shaving as was possible. These shavings where then cut into various sized petal shapes. Each petal was then shaped and glued together working from the inside out to create the effect of a rose. The stems where simply dowels that were steam bent to give a slight curve and accented with leaves made from Ash that have also been shaped using steam. They where then given several coats of satin spray lacquer before being arranged in the Vase.

Dovetailed Picture Boxes - These Picture Boxes were designed to specifically fit a clients brief and made to display watercolour sketchbooks. The client wanted the sketchbooks to be displayed like a picture framed on a wall yet have easy access to the books so as to be able to turn the pages and display different paintings. This required the boxes to have a hinged glass door.  ​ Each box was made from European Walnut and English Ash. The outer frame for each box was constructed from Walnut and dovetailed at each corner. The backboard, which also acted like a mount for the sketchbooks, was made from 2 pieces of crown cut English Ash, book-matched together. The grain on this particular board was beautiful due to it being the center board of that tree. The sketchbooks sat on an elegant shelf and the pages held open using brass piano arms. The doors where hung on polished brass box hinges and held shut with magnets sunk into the timber. Each box was finished in a satin oil.

Bespoke Banquette Seat - A very bespoke Banquette Seat made for a private customer. He commissioned this seat to fit in the corner of the kitchen to co-exist with his breakfast table. It was painted by our on-site decorator and upholstered by the upholsterer who works next door to me at Shilstone. . Made in 2 parts for easy transportation and assembly this Banquette features 3 lift up lids set flush under the seat cushions and also false panel detailing on the front and side faces. This Banquette is also made using lapped joints and is not a simple "studwork" construction. Although the timbers used are similar to that seen on site this piece has been made using higher grade redwood with cabinetmaker precision and is finished to the highest standard. Painted to match the surrounds in the kitchen and upholstered in a fabric that mirrors an aray of vases and paintings in the space.

Personalised Display Case ​- Commissioned by a trampoline club (Sussex Springers) to celebrate and commemorate the coaching career of one of their coaches who has now retired from the sport. A personal friend to myself as well, this piece was a real pleasure to design and craft for the club. Created to display an engraved beer and wine glass, this case is made from English Oak with an English Ash backboard.  The backboard has the Sussex Springers logo hand painted onto it in the clubs blue.  The bottom of the case has a plinth in which there are two routed circles cut to the same diameter of the beer and wine glasses to be displayed.  This case also features dovetailed corners, an inlaid magnet catch, brass hinges, raised splines on each corner of the door  and also a subtle finger pull carved into the main body of the case. The customer wanted the door to emulate that of a  picture frame. Therefore a wide frame was used to secure 4mm toughened glass and then accentuated with visible splines, left slightly proud, on each of the mitered corners. The entire case is finished in a satin oil.