Mark Ripley MSDC
Furniture & Boxes
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.
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
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