This piece highlights the often overlooked beauty of end-grain. Drawing inspiration from a traditional Chinese medicine cabinet it creates the illusion of a simple log stack by carefully arranged veneer interspersed by white resin fractures. On the drawer fronts, white resin fills fractures and the centre ring, which becomes the handle. The sides of the drawers are painted white, as well as the back, to give the illusion that the white is spilling out from the inside of the cabinet through the cracks on the front.
Charles grew up in the New Forest, England, and have always loved making things out of wood. His childhood home was full of antiques – some of which are thought to have belonged to my ancestor the poet Lord Byron – and from an early age he was fascinated by the different styles and materials used. After taking a science degree, he studied traditional cabinet making at Williams and Cleal furniture school where he learned the skills he needed to transform an idea into an exquisite finished piece you can see and touch.