March of the Makers

March of the Makers

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Chris Tribe Blog | One Comment

The ‘March of the Makers’: I don’t know whether you remember this term, coined by the esteemed George Osborne in his 2011 budget speech.  His idea wasn’t new – that ‘Made in Britain’ and ‘Designed in Britain’ are phrases that should ‘drive our nation forward’.  Not world-shattering perhaps, but his use of the word ‘makers’ […]

Old Favourites

Old Favourites

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Just before Christmas I delivered a chair to a customer for whom I have made pieces over the past twenty years. The first piece I made for her was a dining table in elm and yew. This time she wanted a dining chair to match the original table, but because she recently damaged her back, […]

Commissioning

Commissioning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

I am sometimes given photos of furniture from catalogues and websites, and asked whether I could make one bigger, or smaller, or in oak not pine. The answer is usually yes, but at a price ! A more successful scenario is when a customer-to-be sees a piece of furniture in an exhibition, or on my […]

Is ‘handmade’ an expensive indulgence ?

Is ‘handmade’ an expensive indulgence ?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | 5 Comments

I’ve been listening to Grayson Perry’s Reith lectures on BBC Radio 4 recently. I’m a bit of a fan – more of his ideas than of his art – especially since appearing on Radio 4 with him one Saturday morning  (pre-recorded alas). I was impressed by his ‘Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ exhibition at the […]

On furniture and central heating

On furniture and central heating

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Sitting at home on our first really dark evening, with the central heating on, makes me think it’s a good time to write about why your solid wood furniture doesn’t like central heating ! The wood in your solid wood furniture is, clearly, no longer alive, but it retains many of the properties of the […]

Waste not, want not.

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | One Comment

Wood working inevitably involves some waste. At the start of a project I calculate the timber required for the job then add an allowance for wastage.   Often, depending on species, this allowance will be over 50%.  Surely you can be less wasteful than that I hear you cry!  However when you look at the waste […]

Ilkley Art Trail

Ilkley Art Trail

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Those of you who have received one of my newsletters recently, or been on my website, will know that I am taking part in the Ilkley Art Trail this year. It starts on Wed 9th (and ends on Sunday 13th), which suddenly seems rather too close for comfort–so much to do ! Taking part in […]

ebook download

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | One Comment

Thank you for signing up for my newsletter. The ebook “A guide to Buying Bespoke Fine Furniture” is available for download below. If you have any comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Furniture Makers love to share

Furniture Makers love to share

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Things are buzzing at the Cornmill workshop!  Currently I not only have a student on work experience, but in the past few months I have also been joined by two other furniture makers  who are in the early stages of their furniture- making careers. Many furniture makers find the first few years very difficult; they […]

Collaboration results in stunning new furniture

Collaboration results in stunning new furniture

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Back in 2011 I worked with Christine Meyer-Eaglestone on the Opposites: Circles and stripes side board. The piece was made especially for the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design Exhibition in Cheltenham. The excellent reception the piece received in Cheltenham made Christine and I resolve to collaborate again. Well, we have finally got round to it, […]