Phantasmagoric furniture maker, furniture restoration, architectural interior restoration
A Brief History of THIRLWALL AND CROSS
You will see from this website that my interest in working with wood is a passion. I have made and restored furniture and wooden artifacts all though my working life. As well as making and restoring wood objects I also teach furniture making/restoration but also write about furniture, in particular furniture of the Caribbean.
Have a look at the work on this website, and I hope you will see not only the variety of the work that interests me but also the design and craftsmanship. Importantly for me its also about remaining curious about the work I do and how I do it. John.
The furniture I make is the product of a life time of learning. Commencing an apprenticeship when I was sixteen, studying at the London College of Furniture (LCF) in the 80s and the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the early 90s. The subjects I qualified in were furniture design, restoration and at the RCA, history and theory of design. I think, I draw and I make. Some of the work I undertake requires careful attention to detail and enormous patience's, this is particularly true of wood carving and restoration work. Other work is technically challenging and demands creative solutions, knowledge and skill.
The very individual
The particular requirements
The bespoke and unusual
Furniture & Architectural Interior Restoration
What I Provide
Architectural Interior Conservation
Restoration of wooden artifacts
Writing about Furniture
If you search my name 'John Cross' online you will find much of this content will be about the research I undertake on the Furniture of the Caribbean, particularly on furniture of the island of Jamaica. For twenty five years I have been researching and publishing articles and chapters in books on the work of white and black furniture makers of the eighteenth and nineteenth century's. At present I am working on the life and work of Ralph Turnbull, who working in Kingston Jamaica for much of he nineteenth century. If you have any objects or information on him or his company do contact me