Meet the artisan

Fur­ni­ture maker Greg Mosley

EADT Suffolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Jayne Lindill Š PHO­TOS: Greg Mose­ley

Talk­ing to Greg Mosley about his early life, it seems in­evitable that he would even­tu­ally make his liv­ing from wood. And that he would call his business Among Trees. Be­cause that’s where he spent most of his child­hood.

It is rooted in his up­bring­ing, first on a farm on the Isle of Man, where Greg was born and his par­ents were at­tempt­ing self-suf­fi­ciency. “My par­ents are quite cre­ative peo­ple,” he says. “My fa­ther is a builder, but he’s also a pho­tog­ra­pher and paints too.” The fam­ily moved to France when Greg was seven, to re­store an old farm­house on the edge of some large forests. Greg spent a lot of time ex­plor­ing in the forests – fish­ing, climb­ing, build­ing dens and tree-houses. It has a had a life­long im­pact on him

“My dad loves wood and has spent his life re­build­ing old build­ings that were oc­ca­sion­ally crum­bling back into the earth from which they came. I have been in­spired to watch the soul that goes into some­thing that we can value and I hope I can pass this on,” he says.

His fa­ther also in­stilled in Greg a can-do at­ti­tude, a be­lief that you can teach your­self to do most things, so at around seven or eight years old he picked up some tools and at­tempted his

first wood­work piece. “It was a disas­ter,” he re­calls. But for his 13th birthday, Greg was given a Black and Decker work­bench. “At the time I had two cock­atiels, so I de­cided I would make them a nest­ing box.” It wasn’t just any nest­ing box. Large, dou­ble walled, in­su­lated, so the birds could shel­ter from the el­e­ments, it in­cor­po­rated 40 dove­tail joints, which Greg taught him­self to make.

A cou­ple of years later the fam­ily moved to a farm­house on the edge of Dart­moor, where he and his fa­ther con­verted one of the out­build­ings into what would be his tem­po­rary bed­room. In the all-white room, Greg built a large desk and shelves, out of Dou­glas fir felled on the prop­erty of the neigh­bour­ing manor house, and two wardrobes.

At univer­sity, Greg gained a BSc in bi­ol­ogy and met Kinna, who be­came his wife and business part­ner. The pair trav­elled and worked as gar­den­ers in France, where they re­stored an old wood­land, in New Zealand and in other parts of the UK.

Greg has deep­ened his un­der­stand­ing of trees and wood, be­com­ing a fully qual­i­fied ar­borist and gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in grow­ing, felling and milling tim­ber. It was while work­ing on a large es­tate that he dis­cov­ered his real love for fine wood­work. It’s a pas­sion he has nur­tured through study, as a pastime and now a business. He has a fully equipped work­shop at his home at Sud­bourne where he crafts beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture, wall cab­i­nets and be­spoke items. He ac­cepts com­mis­sions and sells through his web­site, among trees. space

Above, be­spoke desk, left dove­tail neck­lace. Fac­ing page, sawhorse and comb back chair

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