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David J. Paddison

I am an experienced cabinetmaker, member of the Norfolk Furniture Makers Association and design and create high quality furniture in my South Norfolk workshop. I learnt my trade by spending two years working for an advanced craft City & Guilds qualification at Norwich City College.  I spent the next thirteen years with Edwin Turner Partnership in Suffolk mostly making fine reproduction chairs and other interesting furniture including a large octagonal bench for The National Gallery.

Using traditional joints (dovetails mortise & tenon joints etc) and skills as well as modern joints (dowels & biscuit joints etc) and methods, my furniture is handmade to meet customers individual design requirements to the highest level of craftsmanship. I tend to have classical influences in my designs and particularly like elliptical and parabolic curves. I work in a variety of hardwoods such as oak, elm, ash and cherry and also sometimes use the more exotic rosewood or ebony for decorative details, producing distinctive furniture in either contemporary or traditional styles.

The Buzzard shelves were made to go against the side of a staircase and the shape follows the angle of that staircase. The Shelves are made from European Oak and finished with Liberon Finishing Oil with a clear wax polish over the top. Most of the shelves are housed into the stiles and only have a shoulder on the bottom edge of the joint with the tongue being flush with the top surface. The front edges of the shelves have a shallow bevel on them in order to make them appear thinner than they really are. They were glued in at the end after the rest of the unit was assembled by sliding them in carefully from the back. The remainder of the shelves are adjustable and sit on little brass pegs fitted in holes drilled into the sides of the cabinet. I have also used housing joints to hold the plinth in place at the bottom. All the top corners were mitred on the saw and I used biscuits to help to locate the joints and to give them strength.

I glued the shelving unit together in three separate sections as with so many joints it would have been too difficult to get it all cramped up in one go before the glue set and I haven’t got enough cramps. Once the glue had set I was able to glue and cramp the three parts together leaving only the shelves to be fitted in later and for it to be polished ready for delivery.

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