If you like traditional furniture you may enjoy the Regional Furniture Society
which studies the rich diversity of British regional furniture-making traditions. And if you have old furniture that is in need of repair, you would do well to contact the
British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association (www.bafra.org.uk)
or the locally run Hampshire Antique Restoration (www.hampshire-antique-restoration.co.uk).
Good bread and good breadboards go together well! As well as the excellent range of flours from Doves Farm
in Berkshire, I also like Gilchesters (www.gilchesters.com) wholewheat bread flour. Andrew Whitleys
www.breadmatters.com and the
Real Bread Campaign (www.sustainweb.org/realbread) are also worth a look.
My bread is often baked in a wood-fired oven using offcuts and shavings from making furniture. It is proving to be very fuel-efficient and produces an excellent crust!
There is so much good cheese in Britain today: Caws Cenarth (www.cawscenarth.co.uk);
Sparkenhoe Red Leicester (www.leicestershirecheese.co.uk);
Leon Downeys Llangloffan Farmhouse Cheese (www.carmarthenshirecheese.co.uk);
and, Doddingtons Berwick Edge (www.doddingtondairy.co.uk), to name but a few.
However, for cheese wedding cakes (to go on my cheese wedding cake boards),
see the excellent House of Cheese (www.houseofcheese.co.uk) in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Some of my kitchenware is available at my local Country Market in Bishops Waltham.
The Market is open Friday mornings throughout most of the year.
Check out Jane Taylor's website for Bespoke Iced Cookies (www.ameliajanescookies.co.uk).
Her produce can be found at the Bishops Waltham Country Market too.
More details about Country Markets in Hampshire and beyond can be found in www.hampshirecountrymarkets.co.uk
If you own decent furniture you should have good tableware to go with it. Make lunch an experience, not a chore.
I particularly like Sean Millers green tableware (he now lives in Brittany).
See www.seanpots.com for plenty of examples of his work.
Closer to home are the distinctive ware from the Selborne Pottery in Hampshire (www.selbornepottery.co.uk),
Christine McColes Hafod Hill Pottery in Carmarthenshire (www.hafodhillpottery.freeserve.co.uk),
and the renowned John Leach in Muchelney, Somerset (www.johnleachpottery.co.uk).
See also the Craft Potters' Association at www.cpaceramics.co.uk and
the www.studiopottery.co.uk site.
Upholstery and Rush seats
The Guild of Traditional Upholsterers (gtu.org.uk) is a good place to start should you need your upholstery refreshing or replacing,
be it antique or modern. Rush seats and chair caning are dealt with by a different organisation:
the Basketmakers' Association (www.basketassoc.org), whose members deal with all things rush, cane and willow.
There are many woodturners around the country who are hidden away in workshops just like us furnituremakers. Look up the
Register of Professional Woodturners (www.rpturners.co.uk) to unearth one from a pile of shavings!
Of particular interest is the artist, sculptor and woodturner, Jay Heryet at www.jayheryet.co.uk.