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By Ian Kirby Furniture Maker & Restorer of Furniture
I went to Carnegie Collage for 3 years, in the first 2 years it was mainly traditional methods in all aspects of Antique Restoration from Upholstery, French Polishing & other methods I also learned Traditional Cabinet Making Skills, I got a City & Guilds Level 2, 3,. I decided to do my HNC Furniture in my 3rd year we were to choose a Furniture Maker or Designer to study and research there History background and to reproduce one of there pieces of furniture. I chose Charles Rennie Mackintosh and I chose his famous Argyle Chair as my Reproduction piece and I also decide to make it all by hand Using Traditional methods I new it would take twice as long but I wanted to practice my hand tool skills.Finally Graduated in 2011
Furniture Maker & Restorer  at   BESPOKE HARDWOOD March 2015  -  Present (2 years) I am currently re-launching my after BESPOKE HARDWOOD FURNITURE Business after having time out for the new arrival of new born son.

Bespoke Furniture Maker & Antique Restorer  at   Bespoke Hardwood September 2009  -  January 2014  (4 years 5 months) I do both Traditional & Modern methods in Upholstery - Caining, Cabinet Making, Veneering, Turning, Parquetry, Marquetry, Gilding, Marbling, and other different effects, Carving,French Polishing, and also Spray Finishes etc.

Courses HNC Furniture, Furniture Manufacturing & Antique Restoration Carnegie Collage Furniture Manufacturing & Antique Restoration

Projects Ornamentle & Fuctional Furniture 2012 to Present Members:Ian Kirby Bespoke Hardwood, I work alone on all projects
To describe it in a simple way, ornamental you could say more has went into the design and how it looks than anything else, when you should be  looking at each project and everything in it on a level playing field. I have loads of interesting project yet to show 2011 to Present Members:Ian Kirby Bespoke Hardwood
Well I have not started on the Antique side of it yet, projects in Upholstery, to a total Refurbishment of an Art Deco gramophone, to Restoration on 19th cent  T- caddy's, Writing slopes, A Mappin &Webb Tantlice set,19th Cent mans Library chair, Victorian Washing table, to beautiful Victorian Rosewood Footstool also a gout - stool, etc. Ian Kirby January 2011 to January 2017 Members:Ian Kirby Bespoke Hardwood

Variety of Craftmanship
Skills & Expertise Furniture Finish Cabinetry Antique Restoration Upholstery Antiques French Polishing Custom Furniture Interior Design Antique Furniture Wood Turning Carving Wood Gilding Kitchen Cabinets Furnishings Bedroom Furniture Woodworking Marquetry Veneer Millwork

Modern Furniture Fine Furniture Built-ins Seating Hardwood Joinery Custom Built-ins Interior Architecture Fine Woodworking Fabric Selection Finish Selections Painting Home Accessories Modern & Traditional Upholstery Turning Window Treatments Refinishing Wood Carving Turning Ideas Into Reality Flooring Chairs Sketching Drawing Design Space Planning Crafts Materials Renovation

Education Carnegie Collage HNC Furniture, Furniture Manufacturing & Antique Restoration, 2009 - 2011 Grade:  City & Guilds 2,3,

Interests My 3 boy's & partner are my biggest interest everything comes after the family. I love my furniture weather it is designing & making it or restoring. I love anything made with natural materials like Hardwood.

Certifications City & Guilds 2,3, HNC Furniture 6,7,8,9, City & Guilds      

Organizations SFMA Scottish Furniture Makers Association Full Member March 2015 to Present
Languages English

Ian Kirby Bespoke Hardwood
Furniture Maker & Restorer at BESPOKE HARDWOOD

1 person has recommended Ian Kirby
"Ian has some very creative ideas and has an eye for detail in the pieces that he crafts."
— George Coles, was with another company when working with Ian Kirby at Bespoke Hardwood
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Ian Kirby
20 Montrose Crescent Lochore
Fife KY5 8DZ
United Kingdom

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