Meet The Makers

“Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert” 

As we enter into late Summer, we have seen an absolutely unprecedented level of orders this year, even exceeding our times at Chelsea Flower Show.  Working quietly behind the scenes has been our amazing team of makers, often working seven days a week to ensure they meet our deadlines to get commissions to our customers.  When you receive your commission, attached to it will be our Little Book of Care and a card telling you who made your piece for you. 

We felt it was timely to shine the spotlight on our magnificent team again.....

ALEX DE BONO

Alex joined Sitting Spiritually in 2013.  His connection with working with timber started at an early age with his Father who was a highly skilled Carpenter/Joiner.  Having spent a number of years since leaving school working within the construction industry, Alex decided to return to his roots and set up his own joinery workshop in 2011.  If you order a pergola to be installed by us, it will be Alex who visits you to deliver and build your pergola on site, he offers a fantastic service and out customers love him!

GREG SHANNON

Greg works along side his Father, Nick Shannon, a Furniture Restorer,  in the woodwork trade. His relationship with Sitting Spiritually is a family affair.  Nick was involved with Sitting Spiritually at the very start in 2004, taking on commissions alongside his own work, this then passed to Maisie, Greg's sister who took on the mantle of female maker before becoming our cushion maker.  Greg then took the reins and became a full time maker for Sitting Spiritually, working from his workshop in Seatown, Dorset.

JAMES AMATO

James has over 16 years of furniture making and design experience.  He moved to Devon following a successful career in chemistry & started work for a local furniutre maker, through whom he met Martin and soon became involved with Sitting Spiritually.  Having set up his own workshop, he is an extrmely experienced and skillful maker.  James also works closely with us on new designs and bespoke commissions.

SCOTT MCCARTHY "WOODSCOTT"

Scott met Siobhan at a local craft fair over 11 years ago when he was exhibiting his work and was enticed by Siobhan to join Sitting Spirtually!  He has been working with wood for over 30 years having taken an apprenticeship in a joinery workshop in Surrey. He has worked in all aspects of carpentry, joinery, and the building trade, before setting up his own business, Woodscott Joinery, in Axminster Devon.  Scott has a fantastic workshop in the old Axminster Carpets buildings, where it is wonderful to see local artisans keeping this historic building alive.

STEVE WOOD

We have recently been delighted to welcome Steve back to the fold.  He was a maker for Sitting Spiritually in the very early days, before taking a lengthy sabbatical to pursue his own interests.  Steve joined us again this Summer and it is a joy to have him back on board.  Steve has a particular skill in hand carving, and is currently working with us on a new,exciting, under wraps bench, to be launched early next year (all will be revealed!)

NEIL LANCASTER

A Tool Maker by trade, Neil moved to Devon almost 30 years ago and lives very rurally with his wife, Siobhan, who has worked closely with Martin for many years.  He became Sitting Spiritually's rope swing maker in 2010 and makes the rope swings from his very rural workshop in deepest Devon, surrounded by a plethora of animals and wildlife!

With many thanks to Rob Coombe Photography

Posted by Siobhan on August 10th 2021


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