Artisans of English Woodlands in Victorian Times

Stewart Linford


Organisation:
Stewart Linford Furniture Maker
Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £60 - £100 + expenses
Category:
History
Updated:
10th September 2019
Tagged:
Woodland | Craft | Trees | Conservation

A unique insight using historic pictures and props revealing the hive of industry that existed in our native woodlands up to 200 years ago.

From charcoal burning to the 'Bodgers' in the Chiltern beech woods Stewart's compelling story telling style informs and entertains his numerous audiences.

As an ancient woodland owner and custodian Stewart describes coppicing, regeneration and tree planting practices that care for and preserve our vital natural resource.

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About Stewart Linford

Stewart Linford AIWSc Cert Ed

Stewart draws on decades of experience creating ‘luxury in wood’ to inform and entertain his innumerable audiences. A supreme storyteller Stewart excites and informs through humorous original anecdotes enhanced by an array of rich, fascinating props

Stewart has won humorous speaking competitions as a long-standing member of Toastmasters International. His TV appearances include programmes hosted by: Michael Portillo, Adrian Edmondson and Chris Packham.

Stewart’s passion shone through from his early days representing his Country in the World Apprentices ‘Skill Olympics’ competition in Madrid.
Graduating from High Wycombe College where he studied the craft, he went on to gain a degree in wood science and a distinction for his thesis on Traditional Chair-making.

As a sole trader he started a furniture-making workshop from scratch. Clients included: The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, The Duke of Marlborough, National Trust, Harrods and noble families’ world-wide. A Liveryman of the Furniture Makers Company, Stewart was made a Freeman of the City of London and has recently gained a new degree: Certificate in Education

His speciality is creating chairs to commemorate great British worthies using timbers from HMS Victory to build his Admiral’s chair and timber from Blenheim Palace estate to celebrate his Hero Winston Churchill.

Awarded the Queen’s award for enterprise in 2003 he was presented to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace and received a Royal visit to his workshops.


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