I transform ideas into wooden artefacts, my design blends old and new, mixing digital manufacturing with traditional finishes.
On this page you’ll find some of the ornamental objects we’ve made (and make). The only real purpose of these artefacts is to look good and provide aesthetic joy - although the CeorfanBirds are also incredibly tactile…
Solid walnut wood ornament - available in limited edition of 169.
Inigo Jones Book End
Bookends based on a drawing by Inigo Jones for an Italianate gate.
Each one is made from 7 separately carved and assembled pieces of oak.
There is real pleasure when you can make something both attractive and useful (just ask William Morris…). This page shows some of the work we’ve created that not only looks good but also is designed to serve a purpose.
Ace of Spades Beer Opener
Magnetic beer cap catcher - base wood is ash with walnut inlay.
Battery powered electric guitar amplifier made from oak and beech kitchen worktop.
Electronics and speaker from Jam Jar Amps. Catalogue #CEORF00005
Pencil Holder Experiment
Interlocking rotated ovals of chestnut.
Oak shelves with walnut verticals made to fit space.
Split-vertical chestnut shelves with bow-tie decoration on sides.
Sometimes once you’ve thought about something then you have to make it. Often the response to these pieces is “Why did you make that?”. Personally I love the stuff on this page as much as anything I’ve made so why try and justify its existence…
Abraham Lincoln's Death Mask
Life-size oak butcher-block replica, created from Smithsonian Museum 3D data.
Full size wooden replica of an AK-47 and snooker cue combined.
I made this small coffin to put the tools I break into.
Oversized letters that can be used to let someone know you’ve squabbled with whether your ready to make up or not… Video Link (not for children - unless they like swear words).
Wooden bowls may have been one of the first things humans used tools to make. Their design has been influenced by either the shape of the tools used to carve them (lathe, adze, chisel) and/or their function (dough proving etc.). I find it fascinating to explore the non-traditional shapes that my process allows me to design for this most simple of functional objects. In addition the curvature and depth show off wood grain to spectacular effect. I use a combination of Danish-Oil and/or Beeswax to create a low-lustre finish on my bowls.
Amorphous Bowl 1
Carved from solid walnut wood. Catalogue #CEORF00007
I don’t consider myself a sign-maker but its nice to make them occasionally as a commission (or more commonly a favour). The challenge of working in an organic material like wood to make a sign is always interesting…
Oak plaque with painted letters and raised oak letter “e”.
Old Plough House - Replica Sign
Two copies made of clients original sign from their house.
Beer Tasting Platter
Rotating platter for 1/3 pint beer glasses - with pub logo.
Cherry wood house sign with carved letters and texture border.
Simple slogan sign
White paint on surface carved through with positive message.
Kopi Luwak Sign
Sign for a friend making fun of civet poo coffee…
This oak mantelpiece was made in collaboration with Thomas Philpott Cabinet Makers. The brief was to create a design which was a replica of an existing 17th century mantel that the client already owns (shown in second photo - painted white). To make the project the original was extensively photographed and then computer models of all the carvings were created using the photographs for reference. The models were adjusted in size to allow the mantel to fit into the available space before carving on the CNC machine ready for assembly.