Inspired 2017

Inspired 2017


As well as holding our own Open Workshops we also exhibit our work at carefully selected events which represent the best in craftsmanship and design. Most recently we exhibited two of our scorched oak tables at ‘Inspired 2017’ at The Goldsmiths Centre, as part of London Craft Week.


Inspired 2017 is a partnership between the Festival of Silver and The Furniture Makers’ company to celebrate and raise awareness of the unique and diverse range of contemporary silversmiths and bespoke furniture makers that we have in the UK.


‘The Goldsmiths Centre is an excellent exhibition venue. The exhibition is a happy marriage of two disciplines, the silver presents well on the furniture and the silver gives the furniture more context. A big thank you to Gordon Hamme for putting together a great and “inspiring” exhibition.’  James Ryan, Designer & Manager, Edward Barnsley Workshop.


Our Scorched Oak dining table was one of the pieces to be displayed at the Inspired 2017 exhibition.




This piece is the latest in a series of distinctive scorched oak pieces, dating from 2013, designed by James Ryan.  This piece was made in our Hampshire workshop from Hampshire Oak felled in 2008, which was seasoned and left to dry for seven years.  Commenting on the table’s design James explains ‘I want this table to appeal to the senses, both touch and sight.’


The second Edward Barnsley exhibit was our Scorched Oak Occasional Table, also designed by James Ryan.


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The unique black, open-grained finish is achieved by first scorching and then wire brushing the surface.  Finally, a solution of vinegar and iron oxide is applied to react with the tannins in the oak and turn the piece a deep black. This piece is smaller in size, standing at 60cm tall. James adds ‘I designed this table to look as though it has been formed from a single block of wood.  With a more conventional table the legs, rails and top are distinct components.  However, on this piece, with its heavily rounded, sculpted appearance, I have blended the elements together.  The blackened finish is important because, visually, it unifies the pieces of oak that are glued together to make up the table.’


As is customary with fine arts and crafts, the Edward Barnsley Workshop stamp, date and maker’s mark can be found on the underside of the top of each of these tables.


If you were unable to attend Inspired 2017 then we would like to invite you to Masterpiece London, we will be exhibiting at this exciting fair from the 29th June until the 5th July.


Masterpiece London launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting and has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day.  We look forward to seeing you there!