Simon Jewell FSDC
Furniture & Boxes
Originally trained and qualified as an astrophysicist, Simon is sure that his success as a craftsman and cabinet-maker is due, at least in part, to the intellectual rigor and discipline of this training.
Over the last twenty years, working from his studio workshop in the heart of the Kent countryside, he has established a reputation as a maker of fine furniture with commissions from many private clients as well as companies and institutions such as David Linley & Co. and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He shows his work across the UK in exhibitions including The Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design and Art in Action and he is a regular contributor to the annual exhibition of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Recently, he has been increasingly drawn to making smaller pieces and he's now focussing on handcrafted boxes and other exquisite artefacts. His unique contemporary pieces combine his skills as a designer and maker of bespoke furniture with his passion for detail and complexity.
Working to commission, he uses rare and beautiful veneers and innovative inlay techniques to create highly individual pieces which may easily be personalised as unique gifts.
Ripple Sycamore, Masur Birch and American Burr Walnut - his personal favourite - often feature in these beautifully crafted objects. His style is constantly evolving and he is always looking for new inspiration.
In addition to commissions, he makes jewellery boxes, cufflinks boxes, watch boxes and other interesting vessels that he sells in galleries throughout the UK.
A past winner of the Gane Trust Award for excellence in craftsmanship and design, Simon is completely self-taught and is a fervent believer in the philosophy that the best way to learn to make something is to try to make it, fail, then try again until you can do it.