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Dorset Art Weeks 2018

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The Courtyard Gallery and Workshops (DAW venue 171) is the stunning, rural location of renowned furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie. This year, Simon is thrilled to be joined by two very distinguished artists: glass-maker Ruth Dresman and abstract painter Georgina Fermer, who bring a vivid splash of colour to this vibrant exhibition.




Ruth Dresman:
This glass has been both liquid and solid, blown and carved in the process of its creation. Simple forms frame the flowing images brought to life by light and colour.


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Georgina Fermer:
Georgina’s training at Hornsey College Of Art in the 60s laid the basis for a life in painting. Her inspiration comes from the visual impact of emotionally moving places or events, certain motifs (landscape, buildings, water, light) that have arisen repeatedly over years, not always from conscious choice.




We will also be using one of Plankbridge’s stunning shepherd’s huts as the design office during the event. These fabulous huts built by Richard Lee and his team in the Piddle Valley make great garden rooms, offices and studios. It will give us a bit more gallery space to show work in as well!




Needless to say there will be plenty of our own work in the gallery showcasing the beauty and versatility of natural timber. There will be classic designs alongside new pieces including tables, chairs, display cabinets and a few surprises! On weekdays the busy workshop will be open for visitors to see work in progress and to chat to the team as they create more heirlooms of the future.

Click here for more detail about the furniture on display during DAW 2018, including ex show pieces on sale.

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Dorset Art Weeks 2018 runs from Saturday 26 May until Sunday 10 June, We are open every day from 10am until 5pm.

Directions: From the A35, 2 miles west of Bere Regis, follow signs for Briantspuddle and Warmwell (B3390). From there keep following the yellow DAW venue signs for around 1 mile onto Rogers Hill Farm.

Open Workshop Weekend, 5-6 October 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Simon, John & Mike hope you will be able to join them during their Open Workshop Weekend at the Courtyard Workshop. As always there will be a selection of stunning bespoke furniture in the showroom plus a first view of the latest public seating project for Persimmon Homes, designed in conjunction with ZMMA Architects, Shaftesbury & London.

You will be well looked after with tipples and nibbles from an exciting line-up of Dorset based producers including teas from Comins Tea House, award winning wines from the Furleigh Estate and delicious treats from Ashley Eldridge-Ford of Home-Cooked Hampers.

But this is also about our own work – as always the gallery space will be full of fine furniture; from cabinets and side tables, from desks to garden benches, from dressing tables to dining sets. We will also have a number of pieces on offer at up to half their ‘to commission’ price, including ex showroom ‘Floating Benches’, the ‘Banquet’ dining table, our ‘Rosa’ dressing table and the beautiful English walnut ‘Ronald’ desk.

Images left to right: ‘Rosa Dressing Table’ in ash, for sale £2950 (from £4250). ‘Floating Bench’ in oak and scorched oak, 2 available for sale at £1950 each, or £3500 for pair (from £2950 each). ‘Ronald Desk’ in English walnut, for sale £2950 (from £4250).

Below: ‘Banquet Dining Table’ in bleached / scrubbed ash with elm frame. 230cm x 94cm, seats 8 to 10. For sale £2950 (from £6250).

There is also new furniture on show plus exciting work in progress in the form of our huge sculptural benches made of bent, scorched oak logs for Persimmon Homes East Shaftesbury development. We’ve been working on these in conjunction with Adam Zombory-Moldovan of ZMMA Architects for some time now, this is the first of a series of joint public art & seating projects with ZMMA, and its first public ‘outing’. Site work will start late October.

Watch this space for specific information on tasting times with our Dorset food and drink producers, although their products will be available throughout the Open Workshop Weekend. A warm welcome awaits, we hope you will be able to join us…

Location: The Courtyard Workshop & Gallery, Rogers Hill Farm, Briantspuddle, Bere Regis, Dorset. DT2 7HJ

Directions: Follow signs for Briantspuddle off the A35 2 miles west of Bere Regis. Keep following signs for Briantspuddle until you see the sign for Rogers Hill Farm (left turn) which will take you back under the main road. The Courtyard Workshop and Gallery is on the right after the avenue of lime trees.

Opening Times: 10am till 5pm on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th

Further info: T: 01929 471900 / E:

Dining Tables at Less Than Half Price!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We have two dining tables that we need to ‘move on’, so as a result they are currently less than half price! We often make speculative pieces where we try new design ideas; sometimes they sell immeadiately, sometimes they don’t. There is always a client out there somewhere for every piece, I’ve just got to find them!

It’s important for us to always have new work in shows, so after a couple of years we will cut the price of a piece that has done all the shows and galleries we can think of. One such piece is our ‘Banquet’ dining table. This was made 3 years ago, the top was made of very large boards of rather uninspiring ash – not really very white but not rich olive colour either, so we bleached and scrubbed them as an experiment and ended up with this beautifully textured white surface. Coupled with the rich green/red/brown tones of the elm curved frame and leg structure it makes a stunning table. The table seats 8 comfortably but can easily accommodate 10.

Designed as a contemporary twist on the refectory table I’m still amazed this piece has not sold. As always it is a bit too big, a bit too small, the wrong wood etc etc. But as with all speculative pieces it has generated plenty of conversations, interest and even commissions, but it is time it found a new home!

Status: Made and ready for sale. Currently on display at our Dorset Showroom.
Selling Price: £2950 Inc VAT (Price to commission new would be £6250)
Dimensions: 230cm x 92cm, 75cm high.
Materials: Bleached and Scrubbed ash / Scottish elm.

The story behind our second dining table for sale is a little different. We sold this oak and black walnut ‘Lozenge’ table 2 years ago with a set of matching Impala chairs. The clients have since moved and downsized, but they found that the table is just a little too big for the new dining space. We have designed them a new one and have agreed to sell the old one following a complete refurbishment by us. It will look like new by the time we have finished with it!

To see what one of our refinished tables looks like read the story of when first oak dining table we ever made came back to us for a new lease of life after nearly 20 years: 001 Returns Home

The ‘Lozenge’ table is one of our classic designs, and that timber combination of oak and walnut suits it best. It’s a lovely sociable shape designed to seat 6 in luxury and 8 with ease. Please note the chairs are not being sold, it is the table only.

Status: Made and ready for sale. Currently still in clients home in Dorchester but available to view.
Selling Price: £2500 Inc VAT (Price to commission new would be £5250)
Dimensions: 200cm x 110cm widest / 75cm at ends, 75cm high.
Materials: Oak top, black walnut legs and frame.