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March News Digest

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Members of NCFM are exhibiting at the Cube Gallery in Manchester from 15th to 25th May 2013.
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Leeds furniture company Dovetailors has won a national award recognizing excellence in customer service.

Spring Watch...
A monthly roundup of the latest projects and news from members of the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers.

Pieces from Chris Tribe Furniture can now be purchased at the Manchester Art Gallery shop.

There has been a very obvious shift in recent years as we have moved from being a society where it is acceptable to throw out last year’s out-...

Yorkshire furniture designer and manufacturer Dovetailors will have its work for a Yorkshire cathedral featured in a TV documentary next week.

Chris Tribe Furniture recently launched a new website bringing together the two arms of the business; designing and making fine contemporary...

Any project that involves designing new furniture for an old building demands a sensitive approach, and this is particularly true when the...

NCFM member Suzanne Hodgson has received a special commendation from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers(WCFM) at this year’s Celebration...

After almost 9 years trading as Tragen Design, it seemed like the right time to rebrand to David Tragen.

Following a successful collaboration in 2011 on the Circles and Stripes sideboard, NCFM members Chris Tribe and Christine Meyer-Eaglestone have...

March News Digest

Spring Watch...
A monthly roundup of the latest projects and news from members of the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers.


Dovetailors Complete a Bespoke Blanket Box in Rippled Maple and Walnut.
The contemporary design is sleek and minimalist in appearance but this is a complex design that features a large sweeping curved front and mind boggling angles within walnut frame components.

David Wilson of Dovetailors says,

“As with every piece of furniture we make, function is at the very heart of the design and one of our key objectives was to ensure this beautiful chest was also a useful and practical storage unit. We built in a pull out tray in figured walnut and integrated handmade wooden hinges. A small sculpted front tray is ideal for holding small items.”

A Cedar of Lebanon bottom panel gives a lovely fresh scent when the chest is opened and keeps away moths.

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Garry Olson Works on Major Refurbishment of St Bartholomew’s

At 400 years old this church is one of the most historically significant in Cheshire. The renovation had far reaching benefits, however parishioners were adamant that discarded pews should stay in the church where they belonged.

Wilmslow based fine furniture maker, Garry Olson, was commissioned to create a large cabinet, sympathetically using the unwanted church furniture. He was assisted in this project by fellow NCFM member, Gareth Batowski, who he shares a workshop with.

The ornate pew ends were re-claimed, repaired, cut to size and turned into cupboard doors to front the large storage space. This created a beautiful, functional piece that is very much in demand as storage for the church food-bank.

“The work was satisfying on several levels: valuable craftsmanship was re-cycled; a sense of community has been gained from the experience; and it is nice to have work in an important public space."


Christine Meyer Eaglestone

Takes a stand at 'Tent', London Design Festival, September 2014.

Chris Tribe

Takes a stand at 'The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show', Harrogate, November 2014.


Manchester Art Gallery
Have a continuous display of work for sale by NCFM members including: Philip Dobbins, Dovetailors, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Garry Olson, David Tragen, Chris Tribe, and more to come. The MAKERS Collection comprises of interiors pieces by the most highly skilled craftspeople from all disciplines including boxes, clocks, mirrors, stools, tables and cabinets by the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers.


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