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Robert Kernohan

Robert Kernohan began making furniture 8 years ago initially as a hobby to relieve the stress associated with his profession as a surgeon. After attending several specialist courses in the West Country and Virginia USA and retirement from the NHS, he now enjoys making fine hardwood furniture.

Inspired by the work of Thomas Moser, the late Sam Maloof and George Nasishima and acutely aware of the waste of today’s disposable society, Robert endeavours to make heirloom pieces in sustainable hardwoods such as Cherry, Walnut, Oak White Maple and Beech which will be cherished for several generations. Occasionally pieces have been completed in unusual woods such as steamed pear and curly or tiger maple. One commission involved a rocking chair made from reclaimed 40,000 -year old Kauri wood from New Zealand.

The majority of modern furniture is mass-produced, designed around what the factory can make rather than as a piece in its own right. Bespoke design allows for the creation of a piece to the customers exact requirements. This allows expression of individuality and the production of a high quality piece of furniture that will last several generations.

While specialising in rocking chairs, and other seating, bespoke items, are also undertaken, working closely with the client to produce a quality piece using traditional joinery techniques and beautiful figured timber. Acquiring a piece of bespoke furniture is fun and a great opportunity to express your individuality and own a piece of furniture, which is unique to you.

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