About Bough and Burr

Founded on my passion for woodworking and love for nature

The goal is to make beautiful, heirloom quality furniture from only the finest, locally sourced native hardwood timbers thus making the most sustainable furniture I can.

I started my furniture making journey nearly 15 years ago when I built a hollow wooden surfboard. They joy from shaping something out of wood by hand was all encapsulating and I was hooked

Over the years, I've gathered a collection of hand tools to allow me to pursue my passion for traditional joinery techniques. Hand tools are a central part of what I do as my workshop is 'unplugged' this means each piece I make is handmade with hand tools.

When I started out, I studied traditional woodworking methods which have become the foundation of my practice. I also developed an interest in Japanese tools such as planes and saws; they are used differently from their Western counterparts in that they cut on the pull stroke rather the push stroke. I was completely sold on this concept and now i have a range of Japanese saws and planes, as well as chisels to compliment the Western style tools I have collected over the years.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything I do. To achieve this, I only use the finest native Scottish and Irish timber. Each piece of wood is sourced from select local sawmills who can guarantee the quality and provenance of the tree. \

Furthermore, purchases will be packed in a recycled cardboard box, wrapped in paper 'bubblewrap' and sealed with brown paper tape meaning all of the packaging materials can be recycled.

For every piece of furniture I make a native tree is planted here in Ireland.

Bough and Burr offer a custom design service so I can create the right piece for your home. if you are interested in a bespoke piece and are looking for some inspiration then head to the Bespoke page and take a look at some of my recent commissions. 

Each piece is designed by me and handmade in my Belfast workshop. I specialise in contemporary, live edge furniture design. Every slab of timber, like a snowflake, is unique which will give its own distinct character to the finished piece. 

There are a few ready to buy pieces of furniture available for those who want something now.

I also stock a range of everyday homeware items are produced using offcuts from furniture commissions. This ensures that even the smallest bits of wood can be made in to something beautiful and reduces waste in the workshop.


Head to the Shop section to see what available

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