"I have been making, breaking, designing and fixing things for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure it's in my blood."
I have been making, breaking, designing and fixing things for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure it’s in my blood. So after graduating a Bachelor of Design in 2008 then going on to study at the “Centre for Fine Woodworking” in Nelson in 2010, starting my own workshop / studio “Sam James Designed” in 2011 was just a natural progression for me. I am a Designer / Maker with a real passion for quality craftsmanship and I believe in the integrity of good materials.
I hand make contemporary fine furniture, both bespoke one off objects, and a small range of limited run furniture. I focus on quality and longevity of each and every piece and use only a simple pallet of mostly solid timbers in my work.
I like the fact that if you use the right materials in the right ways they will reward you with a warm and uniquely beautiful finish only inherent in natural products. For this reason I try to only use natural oils and waxes so pieces can age gracefully over time and gain a character filled patina.
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