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Mary Marsh

Based in Malvern in Worcestershire, I design and make contemporary fine furniture and gifts from native British hardwoods using local timber whenever possible.  I use traditional cabinet-making techniques, finishing my work to the highest possible standards with natural oils and waxes. 

Both the landscape and the history of the Malvern area have always been a great inspiration to me and in some ways my designs are informed by both. The gentle slopes of the Hills and the traditions of the medieval Chase have influenced my style and my approach to making furniture. I prefer to work only in solid hardwood making simple, elegant pieces which are as honest and straight-forward as the maker.

Inspired as it is by natural forms, my furniture often employs simple, intersecting curves and I have successfully employed steam-bending techniques to capture these gentle lines whilst losing none of the strength of the timber.

I work mainly to commission and enjoy the process of working with a client to create a bespoke piece of furniture which will serve their practical needs and show off the beauty and versatility of our wonderful native timbers.

Visitors for the workshop are welcome by appointment.

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