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Handmade Oak Tables, Cabinets and Windsor Chairs
In November 1961 the Rural Industries Bureau held a furniture restoration course at their workshops in Wimbledon, which led to the chance meeting of Tom Benham from Bath and Richard Gill from Skipton who became firm friends.
From farming stock in Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales, where traditionally the first son took over the ancestral farm and any other offspring had to look for alternative employment in the rural community, whether it be blacksmith, wheelwright, farrier or furniture maker, it is no real surprise that these two men were practically minded, making a living with their hands.
Tom went on to found the chair side of the business in the early 1970's reproducing the finest models of the Windsor chairmakers art which had evolved over the previous 300 years. Within a few years frame chairs, cabinetry and tables followed in traditional and contemporary styles.
Batheaston Furniture Makers has always prided itself on being able to build furniture to suit all tastes and most importantly still employs local craftsmen and women to turn basic materials into the heirlooms of the future.