Roland has been an enthusiastic woodworker ever since he made his first nail box at 13. In 2016 he took the leap towards his dream of designing and making furniture professionally. And isn’t he good at it!
After a year at the Peter Sefton Furniture School, Roland displayed his work at the Cheltenham Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design (CCD) where his bedside cabinets received an amazing reception. They were also displayed for two weeks in the Gordon Russell Design Museum.

Roland rents a workshop space in the historic stone mills at Pleasley Vale on the North Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border, close to Mansfield. Not far from where Matt and I spent three years studying actually!

Roland’s Ethos

Roland thinks of timber selection as being at least a three–stage process;

• Once suitable suppliers of selected woods have been selected, Roland will personally select the required timber from the timber merchant.
• Back in the workshop, time needs to be taken to consider the best way to saw the boards to achieve pieces suitable for the current project.
• Once sawn, the timber can be planed. It is now that you really get to see the detail of the grain, allowing a final selection to be made.


Some people take the view that furniture made using veneers is inferior to that made from solid wood. Personally, I use veneers regularly for my design projects, and I absolutely LOVE what Roland has managed to achieve with his veneered lights. Check them out below. So here is a veneer fun fact. Britain’s most famous cabinet maker, Thomas Chippendale actually used veneers extensively and they can even be found on some items that were sent off to the afterlife with the Pharaohs! 


Veneers actually allow for a range of interesting techniques that are impossible in solid wood, and they allow us to benefit from the stability of modern sheet materials for furniture. Roland uses veneers where appropriate, but still selects them individually to accentuate the beauty of the wood, and arranges them to compliment each other, just as he would do for solid timber.

FEATURED PRODUCT – “Long Wave” Rippled Sycamore Drinks Coasters

These coasters are made from long wave rippled Sycamore, which usually has to be purchased from a dealer in specialist musical instrument woods as it is highly prized for use in guitars and violins. It is not quite as rare as the more closely rippled sycamore, but some people consider it to be even more beautiful.

I absolutely love these and I bought them for Matt who is a keen violinist, and my brother John who collects guitars. It just seemed like an inspired gift!

These coasters use the most stunning pieces of timber that Roland has ever collected, which are often too small or too expensive to use on larger pieces of furniture.

Do check Roland’s other unique hand made products below.

Christine x

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