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Visit Nick Barberton’s New Web Site

I have just finished building my new web site! Please go to to take a look at some of my latest work, exhibitions or to commission me.


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Sycamore Captains Chair

My captains chairs have been selling well. Three shows still ahead of me again, so I must make another. I had some nice 60mm rippled sycamore. It is worth making a change from walnut. Craft fairs are performing art and when the same people come round and it seems as if I am hawking the same things as last year, a golden chair does make a difference. I laminated the curved backrest from the outer edges of the plank where the ripple is most pronounced and with the shaping of the backrest getting it to the medullary rays where the ripple is most pSycamore Chairronounced. My plank was wide and I could cut the seat from one piece of wood. Each time I make one of these chairs carving the seat becomes a new creative experience. (This sounds too new age, I might re-write it later) Sycamore does not split easily so I can hollow it down till 20mm is left. This gives me a deeper carved seat, a greater feeling of luxury to justify the price. The 60 mm wood allows me to have larger fillets on the joints. Here is a pic taken yesterday evening at the industrial estate just before sunset. That is me feeling happier about  Art in Action  16th. to 19th July 2015. Rums Eg Romsey Dovetail Exhibition 2nd August 2015, leaving early for: Pond House Studio Lewes 22nd, 23rd, August 2015 Made London 22nd to 26th October 2015

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Captains Chairs in Ash

Captains Chairs in Ash

I have finished both chairs in time to take them down to the local industrial estate at the end of Sunday to photograph. The weather is clear, so the light is good. There will be a frost in the night but the photographer in me doesn’t care. The two men raiding the skips and the builder returning things to his works all compliment me on the chairs. A good feeling. Here is one of the pics.

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November 28, 2011 · 2:20 pm

Scraping Seat

Scraping Seat

It is autumn and the sun is shining . I am finishing the second of a pair of chairs. I have sanded to 220 grit and now am scraping the seat to perfect the carving, before going over the whole chair at 400 grit and oiling some time this weekend. I might have finished today but I went off to Pepperbox Hill while the sun is out. I can work through the weekend in the rain.

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November 25, 2011 · 5:33 pm

My daughter Zan has set me up with this blog site.

I live a simple life. I hit blunt things on sharp things to try and make wood prettier. When I am successful I sell them, unsuccessful they keep us warm. Computers are one of the necessary evils of the 21st century, so here goes. I will probably gain direction and style.

Workwise. I am exhibiting at Manchester Craft and Design Centre 15th August to 31st October. Kelda may put one of my pieces into the Wesley Barrel shop window. Thank You Kelda. Thank you Wesley Barrel. Around the middle of September the Craft Study Centre will come and choose one of my pieces for their next exhibition. The best of what is on offer for Origin at Somerset House in October, the post summer selling exhibition. Harry and Harry brought me some fresh walnut. It is not what they said it was, but the wood is pretty and has potential. I will have to use it before Origin.


We have a Grandson. Zan is balancing freelance work with raising Isaac. Syann has rushed to Johannesburg to be with her Mother when she died. Cath Fauell was 90 and will not easily be forgotton.

I anticipated no work after Christmas and decided to build a boat. Passions and hobbies do not obey rules and I am nearly finished and will have a launching in early September of my Ness Yawl.walnut

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