Timber-frame structures, Bespoke rustic furniture & Carvings
Walnut Tree House
The entire structure is built with Sweet Chestnut that we coppiced ourselves, apart from some structural joists. It has an Oak upper and lower deck, and at no point touches the Walnut tree.
This structure has a double set of swings, slide, sandpit, ramp, tree house, children’s benches, adult benches and table. It is designed for children to have fun, and adults to be able to make themselves comfortable as well. We really focused on making the structure flow and work with the surrounding garden.
This structure is both an outdoor classroom for the pupils of ‘The Norman School’ Northwold primary school in Norfolk, and a stage for summer events and May day for the whole village to use. The front two panels are removable for the full stage effect.
The Willow was coppiced in Granchester and the structural timber and flooring is all pressure treated from a timber merchants. We used Canadian Western Red Cedar roof tiles, and built the benches with some Sweet Chestnut that we had planked locally from a large tree felled in Norfolk.
We had a lot of fun working alongside Alice Willits (willowandwren.co.uk) who designed this structure and garden. It was the first project of this kind that we hadn’t designed ourselves, but her knowledge of what we had done in the past enabled the ‘design to build’ process to go really smoothly.
This structure was built using Sweet Chestnut from local woodland, and Green Oak wall plates and rafters. The Oak was planked at a local sawmill with Oak from forestry commissioned felled trees. We built 2 Oak sky lights’ battoned the roof with Pine and we fixed Red Cedar shingle roof tiles.
We also used Oak to build the benches and fascia, and Sweet Chestnut for the hand rails and panel cladding on the side. The Willow used to weave the panels on the face of the structure came from a local coppice, freshly for this job.
Clements School – ‘The Hideaway’
The uprights, handrails, ramp spindles and wind braces all came from a couple of Sweet Chestnut tree’s that we felled locally. The Willow that we used to weave the panels was also sourced locally and cut down especially for the build.
We cut all of the joints for the uprights and waney edged Chestnut wall plates on our framing bed in the woods. The chestnut planks used for the wall plates came from a very large tree that was available through a local sawmill.
This structure was built with Sweet Chestnut. All the uprights, barge & fascia boards, hand rails, cross brace and spindles came from one cluster of coppiced trees from a local wood. We removed the bark and were able to find two sections of tree that almost perfectly mirrored each other to form the entrance.
The roof was built using pine, as were the floor joists and decking boards. The roof tiles were made from Canadian Red Cedarwood. The benches are made from oak, planked for us at a local saw mill.
Artisan Structures harness the beauty of the wood to create unique and bespoke products.
Artisan Structures are based in the Newmarket area in Suffolk. Duncan Dodds and William Trundley are local carpenter/joiners and Tim Atkins is an experienced chainsaw carving artist.
Duncan Dodds and William Trundley are local carpenters who specialise in traditional carpentry, joinery and rustic furniture building. Working with natural green coppiced materials and introducing traditional forest crafts to their structures and furniture.
Tim has worked on many commissioned pieces of all shapes and sizes. Some of his work can be seen on Chain Creations – he has also entered carving competitions all over the world and is extremely well known and respected in the chainsaw carving world.
This style of carving can add something completely different to a bench or a structure.