Workshop, Old Co op, Ouston Lane DH2 1QT

0781 6028877


Following an apprenticeship and career in building church organs, learning traditional carpentry during restorations and new build work, in 2003 I turned my carpentry skills to making furniture and haven’t looked back since. From being a small boy, I have always wanted to work with wood and made various things in the family shed as I grew up, inspired and helped by my granddad. I still have the stool that my granddad made me, now in my workshop!


My furniture and household objects are made using mainly traditional methods and from solid native timbers, which I source locally wherever possible. My work is made from trees, and I try to keep that fact apparent in the finished piece. Burrs and knots in the wood are points of interest and really add to the individuality of each item. I work by myself, so sometimes there might be a bit of a delay between ordering and delivery, but hopefully the unique piece you get will be worth waiting for. Over the years I have been asked to make everything from church fonts to boot cupboards and most things in between. Unlike many things in the instant and throwaway society that we live in, my furniture is meant to last: although each piece is made for a specific person, it is intended that it lasts for many years and hopefully be passed from one generation to the next. I don’t make furniture using computerised machinery or computerised design packages: my furniture is designed and made starting with a piece of paper and a pencil, backed by quite a few years of practice…

And in support of this sustainable use of furniture, I am also happy to undertake repairs of things other people have made!




Tel: 0781 6028877       Email: [email protected]

Mark Talbot Carpentry

Furniture that goes with the grain...