Contemporary Craftsman

Today you can still find craftsman creating furniture and other objects using the same methods as Ernest Gimson and his peers.

Christopher Vickers - Craftsman

Christopher Vickers is a specialist craftsman-designer of Arts & Crafts furniture and metalwork, taking his inspiration from designers such as Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley and CFA Voysey. He also makes pieces to their original archived drawings. Working by hand in the best Arts & Crafts traditions, he makes a wide variety of pieces often featuring exposed joints, fine inlays and chip carving.

As well as making to order he usually has a selection of items ready to purchase.

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Lawrence Neal - Chairmaker

Lawrence Neal is a craftsman who makes traditional rush seated chairs.

After Ernest Gimson established his workshops at Daneway in Gloucestershire he encouraged Edward Gardiner, a local young man to take up chairmaking. Edward Gardiner later moved to Warwickshire and Neville Neal joined him as a pupil in 1939, they worked together until Gardiner's death in 1958. Lawrence Neal, Neville's son, was apprenticed to him in 1966 and they worked together until Neville's death in November 2000. Most of the chairs Lawrence makes are to original designs by Gimson; he also uses the tools and patterns that were used by Gimson almost a century ago.

Each step of the manufacturing process is carried out by Lawrence, from gathering and preparing rushes cut from selected rivers locally, through the acquisition of the best traditional timbers from managed woodland, to the working of the wood and finishing of the chairs themselves.

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