Box clever

19th April 2016

Box matched Black American Walnut veneer carefully applied to the doors of a beautifully crafted pair of bespoke cabinets. Completed with custom made nickel handles. Studio Photographs to follow.

New for 2016

29th January 2016

Initially conceived almost ten years ago, 2016 will see the release of a new and improved Stalheim Stool.

Following thorough design and testing, the new stool boasts greater strength and stability whilst retaining it’s elegant, scandinavian roots.

Come back soon for more details, including the updated selection of materials and finishes.

In with the old

29th January 2016

This week saw us welcome the newest (and oldest) piece of machinery to our South Devon workshop. Originally produced in 1949, this Wadkin RS lathe weighs in excess of 600kg. Now in it’s new home, we can’t wait to give it some TLC and put it straight to work.

Cabinet maker required

19th June 2015

We are looking for an experienced cabinet maker to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will posses the following attributes:

• 5 + years cabinet making experience in a professional workshop
• Site fitting experience
• Excellent hand and machine skills
• Considerable knowledge of solid wood and veneered construction
• Some experience in modern and traditional polishing techniques
• A positive attitude to problem solving
• Good time management and time recording
• Familiarity with CAD production drawings
• The ability to work independently and as part of a team

To apply for a position within our forward thinking and ambitious company, please send your CV to Edmund Stephens at:

Shawstephens, The Winery, Lilwell Farm, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge Devon TQ7 4EF

Email: workshop@shawstephens.com

Traditional craftsmanship

7th May 2015

We’re coming to the end of making an elegant console table for a large country house, built during Queen Anne’s reign.

The hand made dovetailed drawer in locally sourced holly will be opened via a contemporary recessed handle, shaped to a traditional period design.  Studio shots to follow soon…

Historical reference

27th March 2015

Design drawings are taking shape for a new oak panelled music room in a carefully restored 17th Century property.

Historical references include hand carved detailing, traditionally proportioned panels and mouldings, and a four-centred arch to the stone fireplace.

Research and development

10th February 2015

We’re in the thick of producing samples for a kitchen design with period features.  We designed the cornice in the photos using references from Georgian mouldings and historical images.

From the sketchbook

20th January 2015

Putting pencil to paper always comes before the click of a mouse….

Too lumpy to surf

16th January 2015

Storm Rachel kept us out of the water at Polzeath today, so we took some photos instead.

Freshly cast polished concrete tops to our lacquered white sideboard also act as a hearth for a Stǔv wood burner.

A clean slate

5th January 2015

We’re starting 2015 with a thorough clean up of the workshop:  Tidy desk, tidy mind….

Carved and sculpted

19th December 2014

After many hours of cutting compound angles and joints to create a faceted form, carving this oak pedestal base for a breakfast table has begun.

Sand cast bronze

10th December 2014

Inspired by our HM and Harrison Tables, we’ve been working on an elliptical dining table incorporating laminated oak rails, shaped legs and an amazing cast bronze underframe weighing 55kg!

Dinner for 18

30th October 2014

Today we delivered this extraordinarily large oak table measuring over 4 metres long.  It will seat 18 diners, and required the assistance of a JCB and 8 people to lift into place.

Curved Bench 2 years on…

21st October 2014

We made this Curved Bench to catch the morning sun in an Easterly facing town house garden.  The bench has weathered to a silver grey, and sits alongside a 100 year old gnarled wisteria.

Cottage dressing room

25th September 2014

Bleached oak doors and lots of drawers = a tidy clothes store!

The Wood Awards

28th August 2014

We are very excited to have been shortlisted for the 2014 Wood Awards in the Bespoke Furniture Category.

Our Harrison Table will be exhibited on the Wood Awards stand L370 at 100% Design between 18th – 21st September.

If you would like to see the table and visit the exhibition, it’s possible to register for tickets here

Manor House Kitchen

26th August 2014

Here’s a preview of our most recent kitchen project which features a tooled Portland stone mantel, individually cast bronze handles, and a hand painted finish.

Getting organised

20th August 2014

‘Formwork’ desktop storage to keep the office in order from Herman Miller

Tallowin’s Cave

10th August 2014

New business cards designed by Foxall Studio fit perfectly inside Mark Tallowin’s ‘Cave’ wallet in hand stitched black leather.