Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important worldwide, and we all have a duty to do our bit to protect our future by being as ‘green’ as possible. As we develop a furniture making business we must realise what impact we are having on the environment, and what we can do to keep carbon emissions to a minimum, as well as recycling wherever we can.
How we made life easier on the back from milling green oak, stacking it for air-drying, to kiln drying the English oak, without the back ache.
Having been in business for myself for almost 20 years, I have found myself analysing the way I have progressed and developed both in business, and as a person, and the word that covers this best is philosophy. If your business is not doing well, then it may be worth taking a look at its philosophy.
When you have bought your handmade solid oak furniture, you should know how to care for it properly. Besides the obvious ‘handle with care’ when moving your furniture, do not drop it from a great height and so on, here are a few tips that we mention to our clients to help them care for the furniture that we make for them.
As I get older, I am starting to realise that it is difficult to keep a woman happy in the bedroom. These days I have many couples come and see me in the hope that I can solve some of their problems in the bedroom. This I will gladly do.
The influence of the four poster bed through the ages, and its differences between Britain and the United States.
Stephen Edwards has been making furniture for 25 years, and has settled into making four poster beds and oak country furniture from the English/Welsh border county of Herefordshire. This article shares some of his findings over the years about how English country furniture developed.
An article describing some of the fundamental problems regarding mattresses and their lifespan.
A short article discribing how Stephen made one of his latest kilns to dry his own timber for making the furniture.
For several years Stephen has been buying in kiln-dried timber for his furniture making business, but was unhappy with the stability of the timber due to its moisture content.
Stephen Edwards was a keen woodworker from an early age, and eventually became a furniture maker, but had a problem with find dry timber. Now he air and kiln dries English oak and ash.
For centuries the four poster bed has been considered the ultimate dream, for practical, status or for romantic reasons. But as markets change will this remain the same or will we have to adapt for the future?
How Stephen found his vocation in life.