36 FURNITURE DESIGN WILL ELWORTHY
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).