Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Chris has collaborated on a number of projects with the marquetry artist Christine Meyer-Eaglestone. Their first collaboration was on the Circles and Stripes sideboard that was unveiled at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design (CCD) in Cheltenham to much favourable comment in 2011. We are excited to be working on another piece for this years […]

The sentimental furniture maker

The sentimental furniture maker

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

This blog first appeared on my previous site on 20/11/11. In 1985, when I was working as a systems analyst for Calderdale Council, whilst cycling to work I spotted an oak occasional table dumped by the side of the road. I returned in the evening to pick it up in the car. The top turned […]

Regrets of the dying

Regrets of the dying

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

This was first posted on the previous site  on 15/12/11. I remember an interview with John Betjeman towards the end of his life. He was in a wheel chair on a Cornish cliff top and the interviewer asked him if, looking back on his long life, he had any regrets. Betjeman thought about this for […]

Emotionally durable design

Emotionally durable design

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

  This blog first appeared on my previous site on 14/2/13. I heard an item on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Saturday talking about ‘Emotionally Durable Design’. It’s a concept that I hadn’t come across before, but when I heard them discussing wooden coasters that were designed to ‘improve’ as they became stained, my ears […]

New desk and chair to be unveiled at MAKERS exhibition in Manchester

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

In the design for the Cube desk and chair the accent is on simplicity combined with careful use of beautiful materials. The walnut is from a tree that came down in Wetherby about ten years ago. The highly figured oak burr is carefully quartered so the pattern folds round the edges of the desk giving […]

Problems of Sourcing Quality Materials

Problems of Sourcing Quality Materials

Posted by 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 […]

French Polishing Meditation

French Polishing Meditation

Posted by 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 […]