NEWSLETTER – June 2016

Torrential rain and flash floods  .... so much for FACEBOOK announcing that today is Midsummer's Day with a big sunny smiley face!  Better not to dwell on what we're not enjoying and more on what we are!

The students on the French Polishing & Modern Hand Finishes week kept themselves nice and warm and gained some fitness too - We hadn't thought of the course as having the added benefit of an upper body workout but polishing can be hard work!    

I very much enjoyed my visit to the Chichester College Furniture Department's End of Year Show last week. It's always exciting to see the work of so many enthusiastic and talented young people, all with a great future ahead of them. 

Each month we feature the work of one of our bench renters or past students.  This month the focus is on Guy Cherry, Designer/maker and Antique Furniture Restorer.

Of course, none of us would be able to operate as successfully as we do without the support of some fabulous and specialist suppliers, with this mind we are delighted to give a mention each month to some of our favourite suppliers.
Don't miss this month's blog, intriguingly entitled 'If Only I were Talented ... I'd cut great dovetails!'  Read more...

Finally, don't forget to check out John's latest top tip!

Table finished showing veneer

Joints Explained - Make a Table
1-5 August 2016

Unravel the mysteries of all the major methods of jointing wood whilst making a beautiful side table.  This 5 day course is the natural follow on to the SKILLS WEEK.  More info.    

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FOCUS on GUY CHERRY Designer/Maker

Guy studied fine furniture making and antique furniture restoration with John Lloyd and has now established his own business making and restoring furniture. Guy's engineering background has greatly influenced the design of his furniture.

Guy says: "I have always admired minimalist design and architecture and like to use materials efficiently paring things down to a minimum.  Strong architectural shapes and a love of wood in its natural form have resulted in a style that I hope is beautiful to look at and functional.
I have always designed my own furniture and the space around me and always look at how a piece will sit in its surroundings.
Being a craftsman and using traditional techniques and hand tools is at the core of my making.

The majority of my furniture is made from timber native to the UK and Europe like ash, elm, oak and walnut."


Plywood has a simple industrial beauty that I like to pair with a natural timber to give a nice contrast.
This chair is made from ash with walnut pieces on the backrest which is made from ash veneer. It has a retro styling informed by 20th century designers and the techniques they pioneered.

This side table is a piece I made as a student of John Lloyd.  

Made of ash, its angular style and simplicity shows off the timber and olive ash veneer in its full glory.

Guy can be contacted through or by calling 07802878853


A huge selection of beautifully kept timber, a true Aladdin's Cave just waiting to be explored.  Visit them at EWT     
008 EWT Air dried timber stack


A more unusual commission - it's not often I get ask to mount a set of antlers!


Don't miss John's latest Blog

IF ONLY I WERE TALENTED ..... I'd cut great dovetails!
Read it here


A little drop of Camelia Oil, particularly on those high carbon blades will keep the rust under control!
Camelia oil

And finally .......... because we all have a favourite tool!
The Titemark Marking Gauge available from the John Lloyd Toolshop  

titemark marking gauge


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The Author John Lloyd

John Lloyd trained in Furniture Making and Antique Furniture Restoration & Conservation with Bruce Luckhurst at the Little Surrenden Workshops in Kent, where he graduated with distinction.  He also taught antique furniture restoration at West Dean College, Chichester.  

John was awarded the City & Guilds of London Institute Silver Medal of Excellence,  the highest possible award, as First Prize for Advanced Studies in Furniture for Furniture Making and Antique Restoration.

With the experience of a 25 year career as a successful furniture designer/maker and restorer behind him, John now teaches intensive courses from his delightful workshops in rural Sussex.  He also regularly contributes articles to the leading furniture making magazines.

John is a full member of BAFRA, The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association.