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Photo of painting
This Water colour painting by Robert Barbour is a favourite possession. I commissioned the painting long after my father’s yard was demolished, Robert produced the painting from a handful of photographs I gave him, it shows me as a young boy playing and watching the daily goings on in the timber yard.
I left Park Mains High School in the summer of 1979 not knowing exactly what I wanted to do but knowing I did want to work in the timber trade.
I started work as an apprentice with James E. Robertson & sons in 1979. I worked in the workshop and on site fitting out pubs, clubs and hotels. Gaining a good all round foundation of knowledge of furniture making. I attended Glasgow College of Building and Printing gaining the City and Guild certificate relative to my trade.
After working for two further companies in Glasgow gaining further experience of the furniture trade and being made redundant I decided to set up my own business. The business was set up to produce Charles Rennie Mackintosh reproductions and bespoke one off pieces designed to the client specifications, often with client input.
University of Paisley
In 1992 I created my first major ecumenical commission which was the Chancellors chair for the University of Paisley (Now renamed the University of the West of Scotland)
Moved production to my first ‘real’ work shop in Johnston, taking over an old joiners shop.
House for an Art Lover
I received a commission to produce the dining room furniture for The House For an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park.
I was one of six furniture maker/designers asked to produce a design for a communion table for the Cannongate Kirk, Edinburgh. The table was the congregations acknowledgement to the year 2000 was I was successful with my entry and was awarded the commission.
Adding to the historic interior of Paisley Abbey I was commissioned to make two rows of portable choir stalls for Paisley Abbey. A further commission was to make choir book rests for the rear back stalls.
Glasgow School of Art
I was commissioned to make six Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed chairs for the Directors Room at the Glasgow School of Art. I was very proud to receive this commission, as it was the first time that the Art School have replaced original Mackintosh pieces with reproductions.
Summer Exhibition in the South of France
The Glasgow School of Art invited me to provide examples of my Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture as part of a summer exhibition of his work in Port Vendres in the South of France.
St. Vincent de Paul, East Kilbride
Under taking of biggest job to date. The pews were made to a specific design, the church wanted a deeper seat, flat with no rake. Because of the size of this job I employed the services of a joiner and cabinet maker for the duration of the job.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Dining in California
I was commissioned by a private client in Santa Barbara, USA to make a 10 seater CRM dining sute
Glasgow School of Art Boardroom Chairs
12 Boardroom chairs for GSA replacing originals that were put into a museum.
Furniture delivered to Belgium
A private client in Belgium a Mackintosh inspired wardrobe, 2 CRM Barrel chairs and a domino table. I also completed many private commissions in the UK this year.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture in Texas
To a private client in Texas USA a CRM ‘Willow’ Settle and Hill House Ladder Back Chair.
The Mackintosh Trail
As part of the ‘Mackintosh Trail’ I supplied 6 CRM reproduction pieces for display in Port Vendres South of France, link
CRM dining suite including ‘Hunterian’ side board to private client in Washinton D.C
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Furniture in Italy
I completed a Charles Rennie Mackintosh ‘Franklin’ table for a private client in Italy. I completed many commissions for private clients this year with two in London at the end of the year.
Benches made for Possilpark Health Centre
‘The last commission’ to be completed for delivery in my workshop In Linwood.
Two benches designed for the reception areas on ground and first floor of the new Health Centre at Possilpark, Glasgow.
The Benches were a joint commission with Chris Turner.
Moved to new workshop
After 17 years based in Linwood, I move the workshop into Glasgow. This involved a big clear out and quite a bit of re-organizing. Production was down for about 2 weeks but well worth it as the new workshop is a big improvement and great location with quick access to Glasgow and close to many suppliers