What Not Bobbin Table in Ebonised Oak

Alfred Newall
£920
What Not BobbinTable in Ebonised Oak by furniture maker Alfred Newall is a contemporary take on the beautiful simplicity of 17th century Bobbin furniture design, also known as Spool furniture, which playfully combines antique and modern sensibilities.

This table forms part of The Bobbin collection, where Afred has incorporated a playful twist on a historic design lineage. Bobbin furniture, also known as Spool furniture, was made in the late 17th century, with legs and other parts lathe-turned into ornamental shapes consisting of a series of small knobs resembling spools, or bobbins. For this collection, Alfred has focused on creating simple furniture silhouettes with elaborately turned legs, combining antique appeal with a modern aesthetic.
Material: Oak
Dimensions: Height: 50cm, Length: 45cm, Width: 45cm
Care Instructions: Wipe clean with a damp cloth
Made to order (4-6 Weeks)

Process

The bobbin tables are made up of a simple assembly of components.The legs are hand-turned on a traditional wood lathe, which is much like the potter's wheel in simply providing a turning axis. The process involves simultaneously spinning and shaping the leg component; it begins square and through careful use of a chisel, the sequence of bobbin rounds are gradually formed. Once the profile is realised, the leg is spun further and hand-sanded to give a smooth finish. Each table is unique and celebrates the individual grain patterns on each bobbin round.
What Not Bobbin Table in Ebonised Oak
The Maker Alfred Newall Furniture Maker - South East England

Alfred Newall is a furniture designer and maker based in Sussex. He is inspired by historic pieces and rural vernacular design, and uses traditional methods and processes in his work. After training at the Building Crafts College, Alfred worked for Plain English Design for two years while setting up his own practice. His focus is on the qualities of utilitarian design and proportion, with functionality and longevity at the core. Each piece is made in his workshop on the edge of the South Downs, using sustainably sourced materials.