68/70 Grafton Street Northampton
01604 639 200 / 07779 007 104
7:30 - 4:30pm
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Bespoke furniture for modern living
In 2008 Mark Dayman fulfilled his lifelong ambition and established his own business. He named it The Art of Wood to reflect the creative process involved in bespoke furniture making.

Having held a passion for woodworking for as long as he can remember, Mark started an apprenticeship scheme in mid-Wales at the age of 16. From there he went on to gain professional qualifications and completed a Citizen and Guilds in furniture making at Parkwood College, Sheffield and an HND in furniture design and making at Rycotewood College, Oxfordshire for which he received distinctions.

Mark worked as a professional cabinet maker for 15 years prior to founding The Art of Wood in Northampton. Employment in the industry started as work experience with Richard Hurt in Sheffield, while Mark was studying at Rycotewood College.

This later became full time employment after Mark graduated. Further employment was gained at Woodworks and Against the Grain in Sheffield and Bronte in Northampton. However the most influential employment was found at Matthew Collins in Oxfordshire, Mark Wilkinson in Wiltshire and Jonathan Rose in Malmesbury. Skills acquired whilst working for these companies included veneering, curved woodwork and both traditional and contemporary cabinet making. During this employment Mark produced specialist pieces for world-class furniture makers Lord Linley and Silverlining.

Mark says: “I always knew that I wanted to make furniture. I love the creative side of it and the satisfaction you get from seeing something you have painstakingly made come to fruition.”

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