Born in London, Barry Mays is a self-taught green wood craftsman, designer and furniture maker, a full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsman, and the author of an award winning book on trees, woodlands and green wood crafts.
His work was previously sold in art galleries, featured in prestigious magazines, and a couple of national newspapers. He now prefers to make what he likes, when he likes, and is able sell directly to his clients from his small gallery at Cotehele Mill, situated in the beautiful Tamar Valley in Cornwall,
Materials & Method
Timber for chairs, stools and tables is sourced locally from within Devon and Cornwall, and carefully selected for unusual and beautiful grain figuration. Some chairs and stools are woven with strips of the inner bark of the wych elm tree, creating a beautiful natural seat. Solid stool seats feature walnut, and sometimes, bog oak wedges. Others are occasionally embellished with cold cast coppering.
Everything is hand- made, in the old way, using traditional green woodworking methodologies to produce furniture made and finished to a high standard, which will last for generations.
The whole process takes time, concentration, empathy with trees, and the ability to work intuitively with a natural material – a reminder, in a fast modern world, of how things used to be made. Some things just can’t be hurried.