I'm a Warwickshire based cabinetmaker, designing and building furniture with traditional joinery techniques.
I grew up in a rural village in the Warwickshire countryside with my early life infused with folk culture. Initially educated in the making of fine furniture (City & Guilds), I began my (10 year) apprenticeship in the boat building industry, trained by a variety of skilled craftsmen to build Dutch barges, narrow boats and wide beams; I also spent a few years training as a bench joiner making traditional oak doors and windows, furniture, and hand made kitchens.
Having learnt the basics of wood construction and gained a developed competence with tooling, I then progressed to dive more deeply into the craft and started my own business in 2017.
With a passion for woodworking, history, philosophy, and geometry, I enjoy spending time researching my craft and the various cultures that have shaped it. This has an important effect on my work ethos and how I approach making a piece of furniture.
I've been largely influenced by the arts and crafts movement - visions of William of Morris and John Ruskin, but particularly the work that flourished in the Cotswolds by Ernest Gimson, Peter Waals and the Barnsley brothers;
I'm also fascinated by the 'Shakers' in North America, with their (on the surface) simple way of life reflected in the furniture they built.
I've decided to participate in the 2022 Warwickshire open studios as it seems a great opportunity to talk with people about the craft, share my thoughts and discoveries, exhibit some pieces of my work, and demonstrate woodworking to those who are interested and curious.
Website - www.darbywoodwork.co.uk
Telephone: 07835 37 91 33
Workshop: Unit 3 Alvis works,
Common Lane Industrial estate,
Warwickshire CV8 2EL
Christopher J. Darby