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Chris Tribe


Before 1990: Previous careers in social work and computing

2006: Founder member of Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers Group (NCFM)

2006 – 2008 Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouch
2008 Bespoke Gallery, Cheltenham
2008 ARCAZ, Whaley Bridge
2009 Langton Green Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2009 ‘Furniture of the Twenty-First Century’ Exhibition, Millinery Works, Islington
2010 - 12 Designer Makers Gallery of Contemporary Furniture, nr Harrogate

1991- 2009 Holmfirth Art Week
2003 – 2009 Invited Exhibitor at Holmfirth Art Week
2006 – 2011 Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers’ Exhibition, Leyburn, N Yorks (annual)
2008 HOST Open Studios, Huddersfield
2009 Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham
2011 Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham
2011 - 12 North Yorkshire Open Studios
2011 Liverpool Design Fair
‘Secret Spaces, Hidden Gems’, Royal Hall, Harrogate

1990 – 1992 Part time adult education tutor in Woodwork at Loxley College Sheffield
2002 – 2005 Part time tutor in Cabinet making and Furniture Restoration at Leeds College of Art and Design
1992 – 2007 Part time adult education tutor in Furniture Making at Huddersfield Technical College
2006 – 2012 Furniture-making courses at Chris Tribe Furniture
2010 – 2012 Online tutorials

2003 – 2012 Regular contributor to ‘Furniture and Cabinetmaking’ magazine
2011 - 2013 Frequent Contributor to ‘Good Woodworking’ magazine
2012 E book ‘Guide to Buying Bespoke Fine Furniture’
2012 E book ‘How to get into Furniture-making as a hobby’

I have been designing and making furniture professionally since 1990, following periods in social work and computing. I think it was the idea of striving for perfection that attracted me to the craft.

Early in my career I was very much influenced by shaker design and approach to making. My designs have evolved over the years so that I now find it hard to pigeon hole my style, but I think I can see some art deco and arts and crafts influences there.

Most of my work is to commission, where the challenge is to marry my design vocabulary to the desires of the customer to create a unique and satisfying piece of furniture. I also make occasional speculative pieces. These give me the opportunity to develop new ideas or experiment with innovative techniques.


The Cornmill Workshop
Railway Road
West Yorkshire
LS29 8HT
01943 602836
Chris Tribe


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