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I’ve been hacking up bits of wood for quite a long time now. After a few years in the construction industry and three years at art college, I began making bespoke carved and turned oak furniture, some of which was exhibited in England and Wales, and some was made for listed and historic buildings.
It was during this time that I also started to explore creative woodturning. After relocation, I spent several years in craft education, including part-time lecturing in Carpentry & Joinery up to CGLI Advanced Craft level. More recently, as part of my work as a

community pastor, in teaching and giving experience of woodturning to individuals and groups of adults, as well to youth and children in schools and at community events. My products are almost entirely made from local timber; trees which have fallen, or felled out of necessity. The only ‘exotic’ timbers used are reclaimed or donated. Art, craft and nature come together in these turned and carved objects which are designed to be tactile as well as visual. Even my cutting and serving boards are intended to be both beautiful and useful, usually with a natural edge.

Cutting & Serving Boards

Over the last few years I’ve made hundreds of boards of all shapes and sizes for restaurants, cafes and gastropubs, including The Crown Inn, The Pig and Butcher, The Princess of Shoreditch and The National Maritime Museum, as well as for many private customers in the UK and overseas. As well as being beautiful, they are hard-working lifetime boards which are made from local hardwoods which I have milled and kiln-dried. The timbers I use include Sycamore, London Plane, Ash, Beech, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, and Hornbeam.
Keep your favourite side for serving and display, and cut on the other side!
The boards should be wiped or hand-washed and cloth-dried, then stood on edge or in a plate rack to fully dry.
They can be oiled when needed with Danish oil. With care they will stay looking good for years to come.

Process

Virtually all my timber comes from trees that have fallen or that have to be felled. Much of it comes from a timber recycling centre, where arboricultural waste is chipped to fuel power stations and large wood-chip boilers.

After I’ve milled or rough-turned the timber, I kiln-dry it before cutting or turning it to it’s final form and shape.

Heirloom

"Tom works in collaboration with London Reclaimed and has created us beautiful and functional tables, benches, shelves and bar."

Lumberjack

"Tom’s beautiful boards and turned sculptures bring rustic joy to the cafe!"

Mill

I use a chainsaw mill to convert the timber into boards. This means that I can mill the tree wherever it is lying.
The gallery pictures show a burr oak and a sweet chestnut that we recently milled in some local woods.
All the timber I use would otherwise be chipped, logged or simply left to rot!

Find my Work

at following venues or contact me if you want to see any current work. I often e-mail photos of specific pieces to potential customers.

The Brockley Deli

020 8694 9899
14A Brockley Cross
SE4 1BE

Lumberjack

078 1486 1511
70 Camberwell Church St
SE5 8QZ

The Conservatoire

020 8852 0234
19-21 Lee Road
SE3 9RQ

Find my Work

at following venues or contact me if you want to see any current work. I often e-mail photos of specific pieces to potential customers.

The Brockley Deli

020 8694 9899
14A Brockley Cross
SE4 1BE

Map

Lumberjack

078 1486 1511
70 Camberwell Church St
SE5 8QZ

Map

The Conservatoire

020 8852 0234
19-21 Lee Road
SE3 9RQ

Map

London Reclaimed

London Reclaimed is a bespoke furniture-making youth employment charity based in South East London. We make rather beautiful furniture out of reclaimed and “rescued”timber. We take on 16-25 year olds from South East London for an intensive year programme of joinery training and mentoring while being employed in our workshop. The experience they gain is invaluable, enabling them to move on to further employment or craft education.

“A man that looks on glass, On it may stay his eye,
Or, if he pleaseth, through it pass, And then the heav’n espy”

-George Herbert

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