‘Warp & Weft II’ Drinks Cabinet – Stephen Finch


Warp & Weft II’

Maker: Stephen Finch

A mid century modern-inspired drinks cabinet with woven panel doors and burr elm handles.

The cabinet is made from a matching pair of elm boards full of character grain and warm earthy tones. Precise hand-cut dovetail joinery allows the grain to flow around the cabinet in a seamless pattern. To complement the elm, light coloured sycamore has been used for the doors and interior panels. 

Careful timber selection resulted in a pair of doors that mirror each other with the grain pattern reflected or ‘book-matched’ from door to door. The woven slats were cut from a single piece of sycamore and arranged in matching chronological order – showing the transition of grain pattern across the board. The interior of the cabinet features a stunning book matched panel of burr sycamore displaying the beautiful tones and character available in this often overlooked wood. 

The smooth copper rods in the door panels contrast with the sawn texture of the sycamore slats and give a series of precise shadow lines across the doors. Additional copper pegs have been used in the frame base to add detail and continuity. 

The finishing touch is provided by a pair of burr elm handles which add a element of natural edge to the piece.

Dimensions: Length 1000mm x Hight 800mm x Depth 400mm

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About the Artist

Stephen is an Edinburgh-based designer-maker of bespoke wooden furniture using traditional joinery techniques and modern production methods. His work is precise with great attention to detail and is meticulously hand-finished to the highest quality.

As a materials-based designer-maker, Stephen has a keen eye for selecting interesting grain patterns and character timber to use in his work. He has a depth of knowledge earned through hands-on experience in all aspects of running a small hardwood sawmill. Using locally-sourced wood gives his work a palette of tones, grains and character that reflect the natural environment and Scottish landscape.

Primarily self-taught, Stephen attended Jewel & Esk College in 2004 before taking up bench space at Woodschool in 2005 and later Real Wood Studios, where he worked on a wide variety of in-house projects and private commissions. Projects included bespoke interiors for Plummerswood Passivhaus and Borders College Campus at Galashiels.

In 2015 he relocated back to Edinburgh and recently has set up his own workshop at Newbattle Abbey, near Eskbank.

Stephen strives for an elegant and simple aesthetic which makes the best use of the timber’s characteristics combined with his own craftmanship. Often using a single piece of wood as inspiration, he creates furniture to cherish for generations.

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