About Hugh Stansfield

I began my working life as a Textile Engineer, from this moving into production engineering, followed by becoming a self-employed Industrial Engineering Consultant developing software for time and attendance and job/employee monitoring systems; initially in the engineering industry but later in many other industries.

I have always enjoyed combining my creativity with the practical nature of making. Over the years I have explored a range of activities, with a particular interest in wood turning, which used the skills gained during my years in textile engineering. There is something intriguing and amazing about taking a solid piece of wood and allowing something new and unique to emerge through the turning process.

In 2006 I decided to enrol upon an evening class in furniture making at Burnley College, to learn the basics of furniture making. I found the course fascinating and with the encouragement of my tutor, Gary Wilson I made my first piece of furniture. I have since completed a HND in furniture design and a certificate in education and was employed as a .5 Fractional Lecturer in Furniture Studies at the Northern School of Furniture based at Burnley College. The subjects i covered in that time were A level Product Design, HND CAD/CAM using Autocad, Solidworks, Google Sketchup, and Alphacam, HND Technical Drawing, HND Cabinet Making, Foundation degree in Production Science and Technology and Revit Architecture for students studying construction.

On completion of my studies i made several bespoke pieces of furniture and also built prototype pieces of furniture working alongside the designers at Nathan / Sutcliffe furniture for their new designs along with some pieces for Laura Ashley that were subcontracted to the furniture Plant in Todmorden.

In August 2016 i retired from teaching and moved to Llanfair Caereinion in Mid Wales where i have set up my workshops to develop my skills in designing and making bespoke furniture and wood turning.

It is difficult to explain the satisfaction I gain from working in wood particularly with hand tools. The texture, feeling and warmth of wood perhaps explains why many engineers turn to working in wood. My pleasure in taking planks of rough timber and producing a finished piece of furniture gives indescribable joy and satisfaction and I trust that the users of my furniture will obtain equal pleasure for years to come.