Walton Woodworking specialises in furniture design and construction, architectural and ecclesiastical woodwork. We strive to create beautiful, unique furniture, which owners feel they have had a hand in creating, and that will inspire and be loved for a lifetime.
Walton Woodworking is just me - It sounds quite grand but it’s just me. My woodworking life started at a very early age. I come from a family tradition of woodworking spanning 3 centuries and one of my most prized possessions is a mahogany console table made in the 1800s by my great great uncle. It bears the scars of its life but it still displays the quality of its birth. As a child I was much inspired by my father who was a woodwork teacher. The quality of the work he would produce was amazing to me and I always yearned to produce work of that calibre. My uncle too had worked for many years in fine woodwork and these two men and the way they worked, always striving for perfection, are still a driving force in my life today.
By the time I left school at 16 I was already making furniture and took some smaller pieces along with me to my first job interview for an apprenticeship. I was successful in getting the job and continued to serve my time and become qualified to City and Guilds Advanced Level. I was lucky to find myself involved in some high calibre work. Since then, I have spent most of my working life involved in woodworking in various ways. Sometimes, in the early days involved in general day to day joinery and then, increasingly, in more advanced and complex projects including building boats, geometric stairs, fine furniture and church work.
I have long been interested in furniture design and have been much inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement. I have often taken inspiration from Art Nouveau and Art Deco and have a particular interest in the use of flowing curves and asymmetry in furniture. Some of the most interesting pieces have been created by the process of clearing the mind of pre conceptions and approaching the design from the point of view of a person who has never seen a piece of furniture before but is challenged to make something both decorative and functional.
I have a particular affinity with ecclesiastical woodwork. My grandparents lived and worked at the community of Saint Peter in Horbury and I spent much of my time there as a child. The convent was full of beautiful woodwork and architectural features which I grew to love. The sense of grace and proportion that I learned there remains at the core of my work, as does the belief that woodwork in a religious setting should more than ordinary and mundane but rather should push the limits of human ability to be something truly special both in design and execution.