Furniture and cabinet making has been my passion since I started woodworking at the age of 11 and for the next 20 years was my hobby until, in 2004 I left my job as a railway worker to attend the City and Guilds handcrafted furniture course at Kendal College of the South Lakes. Having attained distinctions at levels 2 and 3, I was awarded a coveted City and Guilds Medal of Excellence.
I worked at Kendal College as a wood technician and in-class assistant with the furniture department and finally taught the furniture course until early 2010 when I left to concentrate on Cat’s Paw Furniture which I which I had founded in January 2007. The name was chosen for 2 reasons – first it is a type of Oak (one of my favourite timbers), and second because my wife and I are cat lovers (the logo is a cartoon of our black cat Sooty!).
I work in a small workshop at my home in the small market town of Broughton-in-Furness in the Lake district where I design and hand make bespoke one off pieces of furniture using locally sourced sustainable English hardwoods such as oak, ash, elm, cherry and sycamore, detailing and inlaying with burrs and more exotic hardwoods including rosewood, ebony and black walnut.
Furniture can be purchased directly or made to commission and tailored to the client’s personal requirements. I have made a range of different furniture over the years including tables, benches, chairs, bookcases, mirrors, lamps, computer desks, cabinets, chests of drawers and much more, but tend to specialize in unique coffee tables.
Cat’s Paw Furniture exhibit annually at Holker Garden Festival (through Made in Cumbria) and Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show (Cumbria), I also have a few small pieces on show at The High Cross Inn, Broughton-in-Furness. Appointments can be made, if required, to view furniture at my workshop.
I also offer non-residential short courses on a one to one basis which can be tailored to the client’s individual needs. Accommodation is available locally at The High Cross Inn and can be reserved on your behalf.
Cat’s Paw Furniture, Harley House, Princes Street, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6HQ
01229 716043 mob: 07889 335 141 firstname.lastname@example.org
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