The stool is 780mm high and has a 300mm diameter ebonized swivel seat. The materials, construction and finishes used pay homage to machinist’s stools of the 1940/50s industrial period.
The inspiration for the project is my 90+ year old neighbour, Miss Jean Gibson. Jean worked in a British Royal Ordnance factory during WW2. The factory girls became known as the “Aycliffe Angels”. At the end of the war she then took on a career as a sewing machinist which continues to this day. Jean has lived and labored with this type of industrial furniture all her working life.
The LNER (London and North East Railway) inspired Lantern is a response to modern life lived in an environment rich in railway heritage. The tracks, stations and engines of North East England form an inspiring industrial landscape that stretches back and forward in time, linking past and present through an enduring cycle of maintenance, repair and renewal. We are proud to have found inspiration on the tracks, and hope the lanterns do justice to this heritage, becoming beacons for a future world of robust, romantic and reliable goods.
The Humble Pitmen's Cracket
Cracket is a colloquial term used throughout the North East of England for a small stool.
The cracket was used in the mining industry as a multi functional utilitarian object. From humble beginnings the stool evolved to be used in miner’s cottages and houses throughout the North East, these stools became a faithful piece of household furniture.
Witton Ware is a range of Desk Top Furniture. These items are wrought from heavy steal section with brass detail. They are heavy and assured, built by hand and machine, with an understanding derived from our Industrial Steam Heritage.
Irish Whittling Stool
The Irish Whittling Stool is constructed with an Ash frame. The Seat is made out of regional tweeds from across Ireland. The one displayed is a Traditional Donegal Tweed backed with hessian. Please see other images for details.
Tradesman’s Wedges Series 1
The series consists of a Plain Wedge, Adjustable Wedge and Pivot Wedge.
The wedge is one of the six simple machines. A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction and magnitude of a force and has been used for millennia.
This series of wedges are wrought from Brass, Phosphor Bronze and Gunmetal. They represent a genre of tool that for the most part are overlooked and often discarded in manufacture after they have served their purpose. Making wedges in a durable material gives these important machines value and presence that befits their use.
The series is in 3 sizes: small, medium and large. They are part of a limited edition of 52 and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Their first International Public Display was ICFF New York May 2011
The Irish Whittling stool is constructed with an Ash frame. The Seat is made out of regional tweeds from across Ireland. The one displayed is a Traditional Donegal Tweed backed with hessian. Please see other images for details.
Gentlemans Pocket Wedge
Gentlemans Pocket Wedge
The quintessential trouser apparel for the diciple of Chivalry. This nifty little item imbues style, panache and swagger. It has saved the day on many an occaision by protecting a fine Lady from the perils of courtship slippage and spillage; ensuring her drapery remains pristine. It stops stuff wobbling!
These fine instruments are handcrafted from hardwoods planted at the time of the Industrial Revolution which have witnessed the rise of technology and the fall of heraldic qualities.
This is your chance to redress the balance ..... take hold of the Wedge, astound your partner with the deftness of touch and the pinicle of politeness place the wedge under the unstable structure. And behold you have saved the day!
Gentlemans Pocket Wedges made their debut at ICFF May 2011.
Hand Carved Flatware and Spoons
The Carved Flatware set have been hewn from seasoned Cherry wood. They have been heated to cause a chemical reaction in blackening and hardening the timber. They have a smooth tactile feel and are ideal for placing on a slate board to present your favourite cheeses.
Other Forks, Spoons and Knives are in a variety of seasoned woods and can be purchased from our Shop
DTE are a series of wedges, vee blocks, shims and packing blocks that can be used in a machine shop or can be transformed into your own Desktop Empire.
These devices are important in holding work steady for accurate precise machining of engineered and designed product. The wedge from its role as one of the 6 simple machines to the more complex Vee wedge and blocks have been used to place, shore, hold other materials for turning, moulding and sculpting. These Vee blocks, shims and packing blocks aid machine shop manufacture or can be used and transformed into play objects as a Desktop Empire. Nothing is built without anonymous props, anybody outside the manufacturing industries may not appreciate these anonymous objects they have in their own right been developed and designed and have tactile appeal and beauty as standalone objects.
Desk Top Empires have arisen as part of the inquiry ‘Tools for Life’. This exploration led to the examination of how we manufacture products and how tools are designed with thought, craft and precision to the same degree of complexity as the product itself. These objects are designed to work together and could be used in manufacture buttaken out of their industrial context could be perceived as building blocks and as such something to be played with.
The Blocks are wrought from Iron, Mild Steel and Brass with design skill. The intention is to leave questions in those who see and handle the blocks about their purpose and materiality? To leave a memory of appreciation of the hands who have manufactured these items and who have had years of experience to be able produce such objects.
They are not 'Just' items. Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt said ‘Any fool can tighten a nut with a pencil’ but `A pinch of practice is worth a pound of theory.’ Here design, engineering and making come together to bring about an understanding of materials and processes.
The DTE are a Limited Edition of 15 Sets and
2 Artist Proofs
Certificate of Authentication included
The Textile Products will be added as our products emerge. Many of the textile items will be for sale in our Shop
A contemporary twist on the traditional walking staff which is both trust worthy and elegant.
The staffs are made from English Chestnut with three different handle finishes.
1. The woodworking tool handle staffs are topped with either Walnut or Ash
2. The red Infused staff has a whipped corded handle top
3. The black staff is topped with a satin finish silver barrel with rosewood insert.
All staffs are a stylish companion to city or country excursions for the debonair and remain at your service.
Cars - Daddy's Toys
These crafted Box Steel cars were inspired by the reclaimed Tin wheels collected on our travels. The Cars are reminiscent of Old Children's Toys but are beautifully painted waxed and finished.