I sell my furniture all over the world and for a long time I had a showroom in America at the High Point Furniture Show; the largest furniture and furnishings trade event in the world, where in our category we were three time winners of Best in Show. Here in the UK, we've also built a reputation for our design and the quality of our work, which for many years has been bought by the Foreign Office for British embassies around the world. I've been a furniture designer and maker for over 40 years, though I started out restoring antiques.
When you work on pieces like a Charles II veneered cabinet in yew or walnut, or a Georgian mahogany table, you get a real insight into just how beautiful wood can be in the hands of a craftsman. I particularly loved creating 'oyster veneers'. These are thin slices of wood cut from the ends of logs and then arranged into concentric circles. It's something of a lost art, but I see the same pattern in the ends of the green oak we use today.
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