Meet the artisan
Furniture maker Greg Mosley
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