Mark Ripley MSDC

Furniture & Boxes

About Mark
Through a lifelong career as a bespoke furniture maker, Mark has developed a distinctive style inspired by English vernacular design and craftsmanship.
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Mark has a lifelong passion for vernacular woodwork whether in boats, buildings or furniture and also makes and plays his own fretted musical instruments. His furniture has slowly evolved into its current expression, a distinctive interpretation of traditional themes. This is available as stock designs including dining and rocking chairs, wine and console tables. He also undertakes commissions from his Hampshire studio.

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BA Hons Leicester Polytechnic 3 Dimensional Design (Furniture) 1977-1980


Full-time designer- maker since 1990..


Visiting Lecturer Building Crafts College 2012-2016

Visiting Tutor Boat Building Academy Lyme Regis 2012-present

September 2018 - September 2021 full time instructor in fine woodworking skills at The Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis


Contributor to Woodworker Magazine 1985-1995

Co Author: Hamlyn Book of Woodworking 1996

Regular Contributor to Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine 1998-2008

Author: Furniture Making Projects and Plans GMC Publications 2008 (reprinted 2012)


Craft and Design Experience

Society of Designer Craftsmen Annual exhibitions

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen


Dansel, Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset

Artifex, Sutton Coldfield

Public Works

Lecterns for Archbishop of Canterbury's Chapel, Lambeth Palace, London

Gallery Seating for The Mall Galleries, London

Lectern for The Graduation Hall, Reading University

Lectern for Watts Gallery, Farnham

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