Cabinets and SideboardsThis small sideboard now represents the most successful type of furniture we make. I have hit upon a design that seems to be very popular. Once seen, our customers often feel the overwhelming desire to own one. Indeed, I had one designed for my own home (not that I had any real need for a sideboard), but it was sold at the Cheltenham Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition years ago. Two others have been made to replace it, and both have been sold, once lasting only a week, the other several years. Despite making two dozen so far, no two cabinets, alas, have been the same. Each varies in size, colour and type of panel (copper, pewter, glass), even the timber is not always our standard oak. Intertwining stained glass hearts have been used quite a few times, the designs on the copper panels often reflect the interests of the client, sometimes even their name (as in the case of Salmon which can be seen on the home page). In a few instances, the cabinet is made without legs and sits directly on the ground, this can act to box in meters for instance. A recent variation on these cabinets was one to be used as a sink stand. The price of these sideboards varies from £1400 to £2500. The variation of the price depends on whether you are an existing customer, how far we have to travel to deliver, whether the piece is solid oak from top to bottom (veneered ply and veneered MDF help reduce the price), and the finish you desire (a natural colour, oiled finish is cheaper than an antique stained, varnished and waxed finish).
The copper panels depict four Pictish "symbols" from stones found in Scotland. The Picts and their stones roughly date to the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth centuries AD and as an archaeologist some fifteen years ago I wrote an article on my theory of the meaning of the symbols.