A soulful setting. The spirit of making.
Born of Wood’s workshop sits on the boundary of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire, Shipley, Yorkshire. Built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, its combination of quality housing, employment, recreation, and social services represented a landmark example of enlightened 19th century urban planning. The town’s spirit of making and care of the people and the process of making, not forgetting the quality of what gets made, make for a perfect setting for our workshop. Within this birth place of the industrial revolution we continue a legacy of conscientiousness – producing quality handmade goods.
Made in Britain by our master craftsmen
We are fortunate to have a staff of highly skilled hand craftsmen, meaning craftsmanship of the highest quality is born in all the pieces of furniture we create. The combination of BA honours degrees in furniture making and years of experience amongst the team means we can call upon centuries of traditional British craftsmanship to craft the highest quality materials into beautiful furniture.
Mastery of natural materials
The uniqueness of each piece of wood we work and the natural materials we use lend themselves to the creation of a living piece of furniture. Furniture with life and spirit. Whether your custom made furniture demands the perfection found in nature, or the unique and messy chaos of untamed wood grain – our access to the finest natural sources for the materials we use allow us a mastery of all that nature blesses us with.
Born of Wood. Born from Stump.
Born of Wood was founded by Stuart Whewell and represents the evolution of his already successful handmade bespoke furniture company – Stump Furniture which he established in 1998. With a growing reputation Stuart felt the business had matured and outgrown its name and positioning – and so from Stump, new shoots grew – Born of Wood was born.
Our infancy. Stump Furniture.
Having done an apprenticeship with a local firm in Yorkshire who specialised in producing high-end furniture that was exported to Belgium & Germany, Born of Wood’s founder, Stuart, was quickly moved to the “specialist team” who concentrated on reproduction furniture. Identifying an opportunity to use reclaimed timber to make bespoke furniture, Stuart’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own business – Stump Furniture.
The growth of the Stump furniture family
In nurturing this highly successful niche business Stuart has grown and expanded, employing a ‘family like’ group of talented craftsmen – each revelling in the opportunity to bring customer’s design ideas to life. Born of Wood represents a rebirth of Stump Furniture – holding the same values – a focus on quality, excelling in meeting customer requirements – but refocused, re-energised and impassioned to reach new levels in delivering customers their vision, their dream furniture.