The Colour of Wood
PUBLISHED: 15:56 17 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013
Meet a group of devon furniture makers who give permanence to wood beyond its natural life
The Devon Furniture Makers Association was formed in 2004 to promote the work of professional furniture makers operating throughout the county. All are self-employed and work largely on their own, designing and making furniture to the highest standards. The group numbers 14 members: John Getz, David Ames, James Morley, Ed Pot, Nick Thwaites, Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford, Eddie Buckpit, Allen Malpass, Philip Rose, Natasha Gowdy, Rex Helston, Keith Fernley,
Rob Johns and Matthew McCann. The majority will be taking part in this exhibition at Rosemoor gardens, showcasing their work in these beautiful surroundings which illustrate the link between the wonderful trees at Rosemoor and how furniture gives trees a permanence beyond their natural life.
Their work is primarily to commission, for both private and corporate clients, and covers the whole range of furniture. Typically, they create bespoke one-off items of furniture or small batches of exclusive designs. Items are made by hand from both native and imported hardwoods, and care is taken to ensure these originate from legitimate and sustainable sources. Indeed, if at all possible makers like to use the beautiful timber grown in Devon.
While creating beautiful and diverse structures out of timbers such as oak, ash, walnut, yew, sycamore, elm and cherry, the makers skill is also in designing and making each piece of furniture to be used in the contemporary home and to survive generations.
The Colour of Wood exhibition takes place 16-31 July, at RHS"Rosemoor, Great Torrington,
EX38 8PH. devonfurnituremakers.org.uk