The Edward Barnsley Workshop is set in idyllic surroundings in rural Hampshire, high on a ridge overlooking beech and yew woods with magnificent views to the South Downs. It is where we have been making furniture since 1923.
Edward Barnsley CBE (1900-1987) was one of the most important British furniture makers of the twentieth century. He developed the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney in the late nineteenth century. Edward created over seven thousand pieces of well-made furniture that he hoped would be pleasing to the eye and ‘give real joy in use.’
The Workshop is now managed by James Ryan, who started out as a Barnsley apprentice. James designs all the furniture. Most of our work is bespoke, designed to fulfil a particular brief and to work in a specific space. We have had many important commissions including the oak boards for the Domesday Book and pieces for the Palace of Westminster. We make a few pieces to display in our showroom, which is in the cottage next to the workshop. Images of work in stock are on this website.
The workshop team is made up of three experienced craftsmen and six apprentices. The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust has supported the training of workshop apprentices since 1980. Each September we engage two or three new apprentices.