The Coffin Stand


I like wandering around grand old churches and cathedrals of Europe, but that is the extent of my ecclesiastical vigor.

However, in the last couple of months I seem to have acquired three items which are indeed of a reverenced nature.

The first was my purchase of a mid century, marble inlaid, solid oak, alter. A thunderingly large piece of enormous weight!

It did make me chuckle when 6 chaps had to carry it through the large French doors of the restaurant into the small 18th Century Coach House of the inn we inhabited at the time; totally bemused by its presence in an establishment associated with alcoholic beverages and revelry. (A bit like a Catholic Church then I guess!)

I progressed then onto a remarkably robust coffin carrier; this solid oak, ergonomically proportioned lifting gurney is just magical if a little eerie. I have a few 2 inch thick, long oak planks which I’ll buff to perfection and create a talking-point-statement-piece table from it.

My most recent acquisition is a modern, again solid oak, coffin stand. The genious in the design of this flat pack, carry-it-with-you, coffin stand is remarkable as well as beautiful.

coffin stand 1

I plan to bring it to life (if you will pardon the pun) and use it as a trestle table for my demonstrations and shows.


You see, good wood ergo good furniture, can come in all shapes and sizes, designs and uses.

True recycling comes with turning these pieces into furniture that homes will cherish (and be sinfully smug about as the neighbours eye the piece with jealousy and covet what thou has).

Bye for now.



What is all this about…..

All I really wanted a new shed.

All real men have sheds and I didn’t have one.

I had an 18th century coaching inn at the time and too over the large coach-house there and transformed it into my workshop.

I had always made sure the upkeep of the furniture at the inn was done to the standard I would expect in my own home…..not the style and efforts of a corporate “shop-fitter” attempt.

Seemingly so, it wasn’t long before customers were asking to buy this and buy that from the inn.

So I hunted-out exceptional pieces, mostly antiques in solid hard woods that needed renovation and transformed them into exceptional pieces of functional furniture for the inn.

Then the practicalities of this obsession became a little too “all-consuming” and I was suddenly finding myself looking for pieces out of pure interest and their beauty and potential rather than for that business…….. this is where my new venture begins. We sold the pub and concentrated on the furniture!

Quite simply, I hunt out gorgeous antiques and bring the superb wood up to a fine finish, re-upholster the piece and make it more contemporary with gorgeous fabrics.

Go and check out the pieces now….. you’ll find them a few examples in the menu at the top of the page under the title FURNITURE!

I hope you enjoy them.