The Royal Oak
Several years ago the Royal Oak in Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire, gave up the ghost in front of the inevitable blows of economic reality. So it remained, in decline, until a quartet of Canute-like knights rode to the rescue, buying the pub and embarking upon its restoration. Fortunately their vision included “furnishings of our own time to enhance these ancient surroundings” and values shared by so many of our wonderful clients.
We were determined that a local pub should have furniture made from local timber. Wiltshire ash took the lion’s share, with Hampshire and Wiltshire oak, Herefordshire sweet chestnut and Somerset rippled sycamore playing their parts. The bar stools were made from tiger, pippy and Lucombe oaks, olive and rippled ash, lacewood and rippled syacamore.
An article from January 2016 in Country Life described the furniture as “the best I have ever seen in a pub.”
We are enormously proud and very flattered that a pair of our ‘Finback’ chairs were commissioned by Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison for the permanent collection of 20-21st Century British crafts which they have given to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Art Fund…
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…