Making an oak dining chair.

Making an oak dining chair.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

This article first appeared in the January 2009 edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaker and describes the making of the oak dining chairs featured in the gallery.

Making the curve top jewellery box

Making the curve top jewellery box

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

This article first appeared in the April 2008 edition of furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine and describes the making of the forerunner of the curve top jewellery box featured in the gallery.

Problems of Sourcing Quality Materials

Problems of Sourcing Quality Materials

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

When you strive to make furniture to the very highest standards it can be a little frustrating when you have difficulty sourcing materials of an equivalent standard. I am lucky to have found some very good suppliers over the years. Duffields timber yard at Melmerby near Ripon, North Yorkshire, can usually provide timber of the […]

Laying desk leather inserts

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

Sometimes, on new or restored desks, I am called to lay new leather inserts. The leather used is usually sheep skin, called a skiver. This  article on how to do it appeared in British Woodworking.

Bureau Restore

Bureau Restore

Posted on May 11, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

I occasionally restore antique furniture when asked to. I gained a distinction in City and Guilds restoration at Leeds College of Art in 2000. This article first describes the restoration of an mahogany bureau that had seen better days! and appeared in the August 2010 edition of Furniture and cabinetmaker.

Cube Desk and Chair

Cube Desk and Chair

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Recent Work | No Comments

The Cube Desk and Chair were first shown to favourable comment at the recent MAKERS exhibition at the Cube Gallery in Manchester (hence the name). The desk and chair are both in Yorkshire  walnut and striking burr oak. To celebrate these unique pieces we made  this film of their  making and the exhibition. Chris Tribe […]

French Polishing Meditation

French Polishing Meditation

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

  Most finishes rely on the repeated application of many thin layers, thus building a “body” to the finish. French polishing is the extreme example of this, rather than being a finish in itself it’s a procedure for laying repeated thin coats of shellac finish using a cloth rubber charged with the polish. This builds […]

Newsletter May 2013

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Newsletter | No Comments

THe Chris Tribe Newsletter May 2013 will appear here soon…