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Elworthy wowed us with his mod­ern take on tra­di­tional wood­work­ing.

Hav­ing ‘al­ways been quite handy’, Will Elworthy’s de­ci­sion to quit his ca­reer in TV pro­duc­tion and turn to fur­ni­ture mak­ing was a nat­u­ral one. In 2012, he en­rolled in the ‘Fine Wood­work’ course at the Build­ing Crafts Col­lege in Strat­ford, a two-year en­deav­our dur­ing which he was ‘at the bench five days a week’. While there, he used to ‘knock about’ on a lathe. ‘ With fur­ni­ture mak­ing, ev­ery­thing is so pre­cise,’ he says, so he found wood turn­ing, which is all about feel­ing the shape of a de­sign, a real re­lief. It’s no sur­prise that turned el­e­ments fea­ture in many of his de­signs, from chairs to desks to wooden bowls – some of which are stocked at Lon­don store The New Crafts­men (the­newcrafts­men.com). Just two years out of the course, the com­mis­sions keep rolling in for his in­tri­cate works in ash, oak, wal­nut, sycamore and more. This ‘one-man band’ en­joys the chal­lenges of work­ing with clients, no mat­ter what the re­quest. In fact, he’s cur­rently work­ing on a deskcum-ta­ble-ten­nis-ta­ble. Clearly, there’s no end to this de­signer’s cre­ativ­ity (@will el wor­thy fur­ni­ture; wil­lel­wor­thy.co.uk).

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