The Ash pieces were commissioned for The Crypt Chapel which is the Arch Bishop of Canterbury's private chapel at Lambeth Palace in London. Despite it's name the chapel is in daily use for the staff and visitors at Lambeth Palace and is quite a busy place. The request was for a design that was very simple, echoing existing furniture in the 800 year old space. One of these pieces is an Icon stand, the other a lectern. The detailing is in Oak.

A very different lectern was made for the Watts Gallery in Surrey at about the same time. This conversely is a complex design incorporating a pull out shelf for a lap top computer to facilitate power point presentations, a mechanism on gas springs to allow for easy height adjustment, castors and relief carving of the logo of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey who sponsored the piece. I did the carving which was traced from the societies own art work. Letter carving is something I developed in the 1990's and remains a valuable addition to some projects.

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