Edward Barnsley Furniture
With a fascinating history that dates back to the Arts and Crafts movement, the Edward Barnsley Workshop, is located in a beautiful rural setting overlooking the South Downs. The unique company make the finest bespoke furniture which to this day embodies the values of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Edward Barnsley CBE (1900-1987) was one of the most important British furniture makers of the 20th century. He established his workshop in Petersfield, in 1923 in what is now a listed building, where the tradition of making the finest, hand-crafted furniture to individual commissions continues today. In addition to chairs, tables, cabinets and desks, more unusual commissions have included the oak boards for the Domesday Book and pieces for the Palace of Westminster.
The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust was established in 1980 with the aim of taking on talented apprentices and training them to become future furniture makers of the highest calibre. During their time at the Workshop each trainee becomes skilled in the use of tools, the structure of joints and the interpretation of working designs, gaining hands on experience of increasingly complex pieces until they become a Barnsley craftsman. They also exhibit at the prestigious Masterpiece exhibition every year.
The sale of completed pieces made by the apprentices helps to fund their training. There are also future plans to expand the workshop to ensure the skills of making bespoke furniture can be handed down to future generations. One example of their beautiful craftsmanship are their oak candlesticks (£165 per pair) adding the perfect finishing touch to any table. The candlesticks are also available in ash, brown oak and scorched oak.
Other gift ideas from the Edward Barnsley Workshop include; bookends, boxes for jewellery or cufflinks, breadboards, hand mirrors, magazine racks, chess boards, display cases and table lamps and some larger items too. For more ideas please look at the Edward Barnsley website www.barnsley-furniture.co.uk