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Phil Shipley

 

Chairmaker and Chairmaking Tutor

 

 

- Handmade bespoke chairs from Gloucestershire -

 

 

I design and make 'country' chairs to exhibition standard using seasoned Ash and Elm. My chairs are mainly constructed from seasoned timber.  Country chairs (not to be confused with rustic) are those that have predominantly rounded parts.

My chairs are influenced by traditional Windsor Chairs especially their shape and construction.  Other styles that I admire are the Welsh 'stick' chairs, Shaker style chairs and traditional English ladderbacks.

This website shows some examples of my work. 

Apart from making chairs by hand, I also teach chairmaking on courses and from my own workshop in Gloucestershire.  Most, but not all, students attending these make Ladderback chairs.  Visit the 'courses' page on this website to find more detailed information and examples of students' work.

My own work, in the last three/four years, is centred around the Windsor/Welsh 'stick' style chair.  My two latest designs are called Cotswold 'stick' chairs.   There are three versions, at the moment, most made with seasoned Ash with Elm for the seat, comb and arms. 

All chairs are handmade by myself to the highest standard possible.  I use an oil based finish which really brings out the rich beauty of the Elm and Ash. For those people who love wood - you will really appreciate what I have done with these chairs.

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