Mark Ripley MSDC

Furniture & Boxes

About Mark
Mark has developed a distinctive style that has evolved through a longstanding interest in English vernacular design. A particilar interest jn chairs is leading to new designs for gallery sale. .
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Mark has designed and made in wood from early childhood. Following training in furniture design he spent ten years running woodworking shops in a psychiatric hospital and an adult training centre, Berkshire and South Oxfordshire respectively. He worked for a short time in a rehabilitation centre for the visually impaired in Devon and was involved in project research in the Lebanon.

He turned professional as a self employed maker in 1990 and moved to his current purpose built workshop in rural Hampshire in 2004. A long standing contributor to Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine, his own book 'Furniture Making Projects and Plans' was published by Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications in 2008.

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 as well as commissioned pieces made in collaboration with the client.

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


Visiting Lecturer Building Crafts College 2012-2016

Visiting Tutor Boat Building Academy Lyme Regis 2012-present

2019 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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