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Dartmoor Carpentry

Dartmoor carpentry Shop for Boot Jacks Candlestick holders Small tables Lamp tables

We undertake all forms of Cabinet Making and commissions. Specialising in the production of Shaker Furniture.

The furniture Dartmoor Carpentry has produced has varied greatly over the years as styles change often making concept pieces from client’s most complicated drawings to the simplest of design coffee tables.

From Four Poster beds to Oak Doors and Windows, real wood floors, butchers blocks to stair cases, special Oak Settles and kitchens.

Handmade bespoke projects take a little longer to produce but give more pleasure in the long term, and cost less than you may think. You can contact Dartmoor Carpentry via our listing below, there’s no obligation or charge to have a chat about a project or piece of furniture you’re considering. We do charge for complex design work.

Please contact Richard or Becks' at Dartmoor Carpentry for a quote or site visit. This is important for furniture as well as any Green oak roof or Staircase as the feeling of the building or room often influences the design or style of the furniture.

Our holiday cottages are our show rooms (we rarely publish any photos of commissions of any type we produce for our clients) you can visit by appointment, in the holiday cottages you can see various pieces of furniture (changes all the time as pieces are sold) Butchers Blocks, Pan Racks, Green oak roof structures, Real Oak flooring (Over underfloor heating), staircases, doors and windows in Oak, Kitchens, garden furniture, garden benches and even a sauna.

We make various small items like Lamp tables and Boot Jacks or wellie removers

Shaker Furniture

Shaker furniture is renowned primarily for its quality, and given that every piece was hand made, they really are quite impressive pieces.

Like the Shaker way of life, Shaker furniture has been shaped by simplistic, minimalist living and by hard work and dedication our Shaker design furniture, which takes inspiration from Shaker furniture history is founded on the same principles of design, and can allow an affordable alternative. Shaker furniture has a long and detailed history, and it is sure to live on in the  those who appreciate their furniture as essentially a work of art.

The reason Shaker furniture has become so popular over the years is because of its simple styling, high quality finishing and functionality. Available in designs for every room in the house Shaker furniture  and its simple, straight, uniform lines blends in to any home. No braces, screws or nails are used to craft this furniture. The functionality cannot be dismissed as an extra feature of any Shaker furniture, there are some amazingly simple designs that just work really well. They are perfect for their intent and will fit in any style home.

If you want your bedroom sleek and simple, Shaker furniture is the way to go. This type of furniture leaves no room for ornate details and fancy carvings so all you really get is your piece bare and highly functional. Yet with it's simplicity, the style can be charming on it's own. This is the reason why it Shaker continues to grow in popularity.
Today Shaker furniture may be likened to minimalism which highlights lines and shapes instead of the elaborate elements of traditional furniture. No heavy classical designs. The principle of minimalism is also centred on modesty being beauty in itself.

Butchers Blocks

We make three types of genuine butcher’s blocks for domestic use. Kitchen single sided five inches deep. The sides of the block fit over the stand so it can not slip off.  Reversible heavy duty blocks five inch thick reversible blocks for catering or regular cleaver work.  Unframed Practical decorative, most suitable block for very hot and dry kitchens.

Blocks are normally supplied sealed with our special Tung based oil, giving a dry lustre finish which is resistant to water and heat. It can be polished and easily refinished by wiping on more oil.

Each block is still made by hand from seasoned kiln dried hard Maple in the traditional way. Blocks of wood are cut to size set on end and glued together to produce a block of ‘end grain’ wood,  steel rods are fitted through this block and bolted up to tighten it. The end grain block is then framed with side grain maple planks to prevent edge splintering, and the bolt heads are covered with hand made maple plugs. We make two types of traditional framed 5” block tops for domestic use. Kitchen single sided for normal domestic use. The sides of the block fit over the stand so it can not slip off. Reversible heavy duty blocks for catering or regular cleaver work. Alternatively we also make unframed end grain tops, four inches thick.  Practical decorative, this is the most suitable block top for very hot and dry kitchens

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English furniture styles developed in ways broadly in line with those of mainland L. Europe, but were interpreted in a distinctive fashion. There were also many regional variations within the British Isles - a term that once encompassed England, Wiles, Scotland and Ireland.  In England itself, regional accents are marked by the differences between, say, North Country chairs and those of the West Country; Salisbury and Norwi81 were noted centres of production at an early date.

Wales retained the dresser and the press cupboard as status symbols long after they had ceased to be fashionable in England, and further distinctions are to be drawn between those of North and South Wales.
In late-18thC Scotland, Edinburgh was producing sophisticated furniture, some of it with distinctive differences from that of London.

In the mid-18th century, Irish furniture was so extravagant in its use of richly carved mahogany - especially for side tables on cabriole legs - that a whole class is described as 'Irish Chippendale'. 

If you are an American you will find it useful to understand the broad relationships between British and mainland European styles, and of course vice-versa.

Romanesque Imported to Britain by the Normans following the conquest in 1066. Rounded arches - a typical Romanesque feature - occur on chests as late as the 17 thC, But the few examples still in existence which I date from earlier than 1300 are simply constructed and mostly carved with roundels bearing little relation to Romanesque architecture.

Gothic About 1300 to 1550. The change from! Romanesque was gradual. Panelled construction from dates from about 1480, the panels were often carved with linen-fold. The coronation chair at Westminster Abbey has a back with a pointed arches made in 1296 by Master Walter of Durham, it was the first English piece firmly attributable to a named maker. The Gothic style was revived in the mid-late C and again in Regency and Victorian times.

Renaissance When Elizabeth' came to the throne in 1558, most furniture was functional and plain. After 1570, a version of Renaissance style owing more to France and the Netherlands than to Italy found expression in fat turnings surmounted by Ionic capitals, solid inlay, carved caryatids, strap work, split baluster turnings.

Strictly speaking, the reign of James I, (1603-25 ) but also used to cover that of Charles I (162549). Geometric mouldings, split balusters, bobbin-turnings; popular until about 1720.

Sometimes known as Carolean, in reference to Charles II, restored to the throne in 1660. Also covers the reign of James II, 1685-9. Dominant style is baroque but more Franco-Dutch than Italian. Twist legs, carved
scrolls, caned seats and veneering. Skilled French workers sought refuge in Britain when Louis XIV of France ceased to protect Protestants, 1685.

More foreign craftsmen (Dutch and French) I arrived in Britain following the accession of William of Orange and his wife Mary, the daughter of James II, in 1689. Fine cabinetmaking, walnut and ebony veneers and floral. Legs are turned to trumpet shapes or scrolled and scroll develops into cabriole leg by the end of William's reign in  1702.

During her reign, 1702- I 4, the cabriole leg donated; surfaces were veneered with walnut, but marquetry became less evident. English craftsmen, having acquired foreign skills, adapted these to their own style.

George I and early years of George II until about 1730; mainly a continuation of the Queen Anne style, but rather heavier. Claw-and-ball feet became the fashionable termination of the cabriole leg. Architect William Kent designed Italianate baroque furniture as a dramatic contrast to cool Palladian interiors.

George I, 1730-60 and the first year's of George III. Mahogany replaced walnut as the fashionable wood. In 1754, Chippendale's designs appear; Rib bon-back chairs, ornate gilt mirrors and con sole tables expressed the English interpretation of rococo. Some designs loosely followed French (Lou is XV) fashions. Gothic style revived.

The George III period lasted from 1765 to I 1800, but the term is sometimes extended back to 1730. First came the neo-classical style led by Adam - vertical lines, ovals, circles, columns, urns, disciplined carving, gilding and painting related to the Louis XVI style. Those of
Sheraton 1791-4, providing a domestic, middle-class version of neo-classicism.

Much furniture made in 1830-50 was still neoclassical, but heavier than Regency; some affinity with Charles X (French Restoration). Paralleled with this are the Gothic revival led by Pugin and the rococo revival by commercial manufacturers making balloon-back chairs, asymmetrical chaises lounges on cabriole legs.  Increasing use of machines.

The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, 1851, brought Continental exhibitors to London, stimulating an eclectic taste for revivals of almost all historic styles, and imitated in poorer quality, mass-produced furniture. Mass dining and bedroom suites; but parlour pieces more elegant, with some sofas and chairs fringed and deep-buttoned in
Napoleon III style. There were serious attempts at reviving medieval craftsmanship by reformers, such as Morris. Burgess, Talbert. Godwin who experimented with Japanese concepts.

Heavy Victorian styles persisted until about 1910, along with reproductions of English, French and Italian historic types, but the Arts and Crafts Movement, led by Mackintosh, Ashbee, Baillie Scott and
Voysey introduced new ideas in sympathy with some aspects of European art nouveau, to which are often married commercial products that are partly an offshoot of the Edwardian revival of Sheraton styles in mahogany with inlaid decoration.

The period between the two world wars, starked by genuine desire for greater I simplicity and honest, economically made furniture of the type produced by Heal and Russell, but in competition with mass-produced junk on the one hand and finely made but ex pensive products on the other. The term Art Deco - like most stylistic labels - was unknown at the time the furniture was being made. It derives from the 1925 Arts Decoratifs exhibition in Paris, and only came to be applied to the style in the 1960s.
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