The excitement of The Slow Furniture-Making Society is that you never know what you will be asked for next. This commission to create thirty-two benches from recycled harbour fenders was certainly a first and presented us with a brief we could not resist.

Folkestone Harbour is undergoing a massive regeneration, and the fenders that would have protected both the Harbour Arm and the docking liners of their time had been removed from the water. The challenge of this job was clearly laid down when Matthew first encountered the huge heap of wood on the dockside in varying degrees of salvageable condition.

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