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18th-27th August 2018



Sam Ring Furniture

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

 

18th - 27th August 2018

 


Sam Ring Furniture


Sam Ring Furniture exhibited at CCD for the first time in 2017 and rents a bench at Andrew Lawton’s workshop in the idyllic Peak District National Park meaning that I was able to catch up with them both over a very welcome cup of tea earlier this year.

Andrew Lawton’s workshop where Sam rents a bench.

Sam has had an circuitous route to making furniture that started with time spent helping his father who was a cabinet maker and restorer of heritage building roofs, Sam then completed a degree in design and went on to establish a business selling rock climbing walls to schools and local authorities.  Finally frustrated by the endless meetings that this involved he returned to his roots and initially began refreshing his woodworking skills in a spare bedroom before establishing a workshop in his home town of Sheffield and then finally opting to rent his bench from Andy.

When I called in, Sam was in the process of making a small batch of wooden chopping boards - not the most glamorous of jobs but an important part of balancing the books and also ensuring that material waste in the workshop is kept to a minimum as these make use of all his offcuts from larger jobs.

Sam sands a small batch of chopping boards.

Like Andy, Sam enjoyed a positive CCD last year, selling a bench at the exhibition and taking a commission for a pair of bedside cabinets that he had completed and delivered to Cheltenham just before I visited.  They have a simple design but are beautifully made and the subtle curved front, whilst adding complexity to the making, enhances the finished cabinets hugely.

Pair of ash bedside tables commissioned at CCD 2017.

Sam will be returning to CCD this year on the back of his success with some new designs that focus on timber contrast and exposed joint details.  His coffee table and a set of free standing shelves look fantastic and will be accompanied by a new version of his ‘Leaf’ chair.

 

Original ‘Leaf’ chair and new shelving unit.


 

 

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