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18th-27th August 2018

Brook Studio - ‘Conholt’ Desk

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design


18th - 27th August 2018


Brook Studio - ‘Conholt’ Desk

Brook Studio will be exhibiting with us for the first time this year.  While a newly established maker, he is already producing some beautiful, well-crafted pieces and we are delighted to have him exhibit with us this year.

One of the pieces that he will be exhibiting is his ‘Conholt’ desk, the story of which began back in 2014. Tim Evershed of Brook Studio studied with renowned furniture maker Marc Fish who took him, as he does with all of his students, to visit Bog Oak specialist Hamish Low and witness newly excavated sections of Bog Oak be milled on a mobile band saw.

“Upon hearing of the pain staking trial and error that Hamish had been through over the last 25 years perfecting the skill of kiln drying Bog Oak, I realised how precious this finite resource was and how lucky I was to have the opportunity to work with it.

After an eye opening day I left with a few carefully selected pieces and I felt imbued with a sense of responsibility to really do justice to the 5,000 year old sub-fossilised timber.” (Tim Evershed – Brook Studio)

Photo Left: Bog Oak at Hamish Low, Photo Right: Bog Oak Drawer From

Tim kept the timber stock under his bench for two years waiting for the right project and in 2016 he decided to integrate it with some lovely air-dried New Forest Oak donated by the New Forest Trust for a special exhibit for the New Forest Show.  The resulting piece was his ‘Conholt’ desk.’

“I had become interested in modernist furniture a short while after being introduced to designers like Mies-Van De Rohe by Marc Fish and began to seek out my own sources of inspiration. I fell in love with the Kingsgate Bridge in County Durham by Arup – still one of my favourite examples of mid-century architecture. I travelled the extra distance to visit the site whilst in Yorkshire seeing family over Christmas, dragging my girlfriend along with me. I was amazed at how something so visually striking could impact so elegantly on its surroundings and started to think that furniture could be like this.

The breakthrough moment when designing the desk was when I realised that I could apply mid century styling and a present day functionality to the traditional writing desk – a piece of furniture that in many ways has become slightly redundant.” (Tim Evershed – Brook Studio)

By focussing on the idea that the leather writing surface that would have once been used for penning letters would become a contemporary mouse pad or note taking area to be used in conjunction with a laptop,  Tim has created a desk that is informed by its use. However with a hand-cut dovetailed drawer and a stationery tray, the desk is not without a nod to tradition.

Photo Left: 'Conholt' desk, Photo Right: Kingsgate Bridge



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