In November 2019, on a crisp Autumn day I was revisiting a favourite spot on the South Downs Way, the timber yard, mills and kilns of English Woodlands timber, near Midhurst. It had been some years since my last visit (the last pic) to select native Ash for the ‘Halfyard’ kitchen. The yards were much the same but the main shed had been converted to a vast cathedral for timber selection.
I was again after Native Ash, this time for production prototypes for my Orb Bed and bedsides. Marque furniture had taken a corner stand in the main hall of the January Furniture Show 2020 at the NEC and we had a 2 day photoshoot booked into Scott Works in December.
It was time to get going. I’d had an intense summer realising the contract on a tight deadline for Sotherby’s and was looking forward to getting back on the tools for my own work. Timber loaded, I stopped off at Goodwood racecourse on the way back to catch the autumn light in the roadside woods