Bibbings & Hensby

Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby make contemporary wooden furniture using traditional joinery techniques and hand tools. Bibbings & Hensby allow the principle of sustainability to guide working practices wherever possible and their London-based workshop is founded on traditional craft principles, which aim to connect the material and hand of the maker in the finished piece. Their work is characterised by a commitment to producing everyday pieces that are suited to modern homes.

Furniture Maker

Bibbings & Hensby

London

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THE PROCESS

Bibbings & Hensby make their pieces from a variety of British timbers, mainly lime wood or tulip poplar, oak and ash. The timber is chosen for its ability to carve well, while the finishes (black under milking paint and tung oil) have been selected for their unique ability to accentuate the textures left by the tools, whilst also providing a protective but breathable layer. All materials are completely natural and produce a durable finish.

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Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

Our primary aspiration when we set up our workshop was to make relevant contemporary wooden furniture using traditional hand skills. It is extremely important for us to be able to operate a commercial workshop founded on traditional craft principles. There is a great feeling of warmth in the process of making furniture from wood. Working a natural material by hand, into objects that will function in the lives of others for years to come, is very satisfying.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

Our work draws on inherited vernacular designs and traditions. The craftsmen that made the pieces we admire are seldom identifiable by name. The designs we work from, and from which our own are derived, form a continuation of the traditions we engage with.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

Our focus is on using hand tools to produce practical everyday pieces of furniture suited to contemporary homes. Rather than producing modern furniture using modern processes, or traditional processes to produce traditional designs, we marry traditional craft with contemporary design to make work that feels grounded and relevant.

Much of our work is characterised by the tools we use. We work predominantly with hand tools because of the warmth and individuality they impart and where the judgement and skill required means that things are never predictable and without challenge. This approach contributes significantly to the feel of what we make.

4. What is your definition or proudest moment as a maker so far?

Every commission is an achievement in its own way, and we are ever proud of being able to continue to work to the ideals we set out to pursue.

5. What is your dream project?

Our dream is to expand our workshop to employ other craftspeople who are passionate about making furniture in the same way we are. There are very few jobs for furniture makers who want to produce work that focuses on the application of traditional hand skills and we would like to show that this approach is still a relevant and viable way to make a living.

 

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  1. Spindle Back Occasional Chair in Pitch Black
    Spindle Back Occasional Chair in Pitch Black
  2. Spindle Back Lounge Chair in Pitch Black
    Spindle Back Lounge Chair in Pitch Black
  3. Spindle Back Settee in Pitch Black
    Spindle Back Settee in Pitch Black
    Bibbings & Hensby
    £7,620
  4. Travished Coffee Table in Pitch Black
    Travished Coffee Table in Pitch Black
    Bibbings & Hensby
    £3,360
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