‘Sussex II’ Extending Dining Table and Chairs
This dining table top is made from a single walnut tree grown in Sussex. The timber was sawn into boards in 2007 and carefully seasoned in the Barnsley Workshop’s drying sheds. The timber used for this table top is the last of the timber from this wonderful old tree. The table top pattern is made up of saw cut veneers cut from the solid boards. The table under structure and chairs are made from North American Walnut.
The suite was designed by James Ryan (b. 1972) and made by Joe Orchard in the Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire. James Ryan says, ‘The rich colour and beautiful figure of this exquisite walnut ensure this really is a special dining suite.’
The table can be extended, with very little effort, to seat six people comfortably. The semi-circular halves of the top slide open smoothly on precisely-engineered runners to reveal the butterfly leaf, which can be opened out with one hand
The backs of the chairs are designed to be very supportive. Only by sitting in one of these chairs is it possible to appreciate how comfortable they are. The chairs are upholstered in leather. The diameter of the table is 130 cm and the height is 76 cm.
The Barnsley Workshop stamp can be found underneath the apron rail.