The Suffolk Chair Collection


The Suffolk Chair Collection was started in 2006 to help preserve and celebrate the chairmaking traditions of East Anglia – in particular the Ball Back chairs of Suffolk. The Collection consists of over 50 original early to mid 19th century chairs. These have been digitally archived by local photographer Doug Atfield. The archive is now used by the Spring Festival as a design reference resource, allowing The Suffolk Chair Collection to offer clients a bespoke commissioning service for new editions of classic Suffolk Ball Back chairs. The Collection also offers a commissioning service for a range of new contemporary Suffolk Chairs made by local craftsmen. These are listed and illustrated below.

Commissioning a Suffolk Ball Back or Contemporary Chair

If you would like to order a chair or find out more about commissioning a new edition  of a Ball Back chair or a contemporary Suffolk chair please contact the Festival office:
enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 

 

Chair :  Bespoke Ball Backs

Makers: Jim Parsons
Price:  from £725 for carvers; from £595 for side chairs
Delivery Time :  approx 2 months
Materials :  Suffolk elm, English oak, East Anglian fruitwoods and yew – locally sourced timbers can be specified.

For a truly unique gift ! The Suffolk Chair Collection offers a commissioning service to customers. Using its original 19th century chairs as a design reference resource, clients can re-edition original chairs or combine elements of different 19th century chairs to create your own unique contemporary Ball Back design.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair :  The Akenfield*

Maker: Various
Price:  £1,450
Delivery Time:  approx 2-3 months
Materials:  Suffolk elm seat with frame made from quarter sawn air dried English oak sourced from trees at Great Glemham Farms.

The Akenfield has been designed to celebrate the work of Suffolk writer Ronald Blythe. Each chair is made by hand using local air dried timber and incorporates a drawer for an original hardback copy of Ronald Blythe’s famous book Akenfield. The author lived and worked in Great Glemham briefly in the 1960s before moving to his present home in Wormingford. Several characters in the book were drawn from the village. The Akenfield chair is a Limited Edition. Only fifty are being made – one for the author and a further 49 representing the number characters in the book.

*As featured in Masterpieces ~ Art of East Anglia at The Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair :  The Southwold

Maker:  Jim Parsons
Price:  from £695 for carvers; from £495 for side chairs
Delivery Time:  approx 2-3 months
Materials:  Suffolk elm seat with frame made from quarter sawn air dried English oak sourced from trees at Great Glemham Farms.

The Southwold is a flat seated Ball Back with a maritime influence in the back top rail, which runs flush with the tops of the uprights. The extra bracing between the front and rear legs offers additional strength, while the off-set side arms on the carver also allow for a wider seat. Chairs can be made individually or as sets for kitchen dining tables. Curved seats and French polishing are also available at extra charge.

For all orders and for more information: enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 

 

Chair :  The Wenhaston

Maker:  Jim Parsons
Price:  from £795
Delivery Time: Approx 2-3 months
Materials:  frame and legs made from Suffolk ash; seat made from Suffolk elm.

The Wenhaston is one of Jim Parsons’ signature chair designs. Made from locally sourced timber, it is a contemporary interpretation of the classic Windsor carver/armchair. The curved ash components to the upper frame and the stretchers between the legs are steam-bent. All parts of the chair are hand cut and trimmed. The seats are made from English elm sourced from East Anglian trees where possible and again finished by hand, making the Wenhaston exceptionally comfortable. Also available in hand painted finishes.

Note : Festival Settles can also be made to order. These have a similar frame and seat to the Wenhaston chairs, but are designed to accommodate 3 – 6 people. Made with local Suffolk ash and Great Glemham oak, prices range from £1,450 - £4,850 depending upon size and design.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 

Chair :  The Sandling

Maker:  Jim Parsons
Price:  from £395
Delivery Time:  approx 2-3 months
Materials:  frame and legs made from Suffolk ash; seat made from English elm seat

The Sandling was created by Jim Parsons in 2011 as a hall or kitchen side chair. Made from locally sourced timber, it has a fresh contemporary look but also retains great comfort. The seat and back are designed to support the back, allowing the chair to serve equally as a hall chair or a kitchen / dining chair. The curved components to the stretchers between the legs are made from split steam-bent ash. All parts of the chair are hand cut and trimmed. The Sandling is also available in hand painted finishes.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 

Chair : The Cransford

Maker:  Jim Parsons
Price:  from £325
Delivery Time:  approx 2-3 months
Materials:  frame and legs made from Suffolk ash; seat made from English elm seat

The Cransford stool was created by Jim Parsons in 2013 in response to a client enquiry. Made from locally sourced ash and elm it is intended to serve as a kitchen / bar stool – but can be used in hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms. The seat is made from elm and is finished with shallow chiseling. The legs and stretchers are made from ash. All parts of the chair are hand cut and trimmed.

For all orders and for more information :
enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 

Chair :  The Polstead Folding Stool

Maker:  Dylan Pym
Price:  from £125
Delivery Time:  approx 4 weeks
Materials:  seat and legs made from Suffolk oak

The Polstead Folding Stool is one of Dylan Pym’s signature chair designs. Made from locally sourced, air dried timber, it is available in golden or brown English oak. The stools are easy to store, either on a peg or propped against a support. A forged iron latch and bracing keep the chair stable when opened, making it ideal for use in the kitchen or in work spaces.

Note: Stool to used as a seat only. Not suitable for use as a stepladder.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair:  Glemham Dairy Stools and Suffolk Benches

Maker:  Raymond Hopkins
Price:  from £85 to £985
Delivery Time:  approx 6 weeks
Materials:  seats made from oak/ash/elm; legs from oak/ash/cedar/yew.

The seats of Glemham Dairy Stools and Suffolk Benches are made from air dried oak and ash harvested from woodland at Great Glemham Farms in the Upper Alde Valley of Suffolk. Ash, oak, yew and cedar are used to make the legs. All are made to order and are priced individually. Benches can be made to measure from 18cm to 50cm wide, 30cm to 50cm high and 100cm to 450cm long.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair :  Irish Stools & Hedge Chairs

Maker:  Raymond Hopkins
Price:  from £145
Delivery Time:  approx 2 months
Materials:  seats made from Great Glemham oak; legs / uprights made from oak, cedar, hawthorn, hazel, ash, holly, yew

The Irish Stools & Hedge Chairs take inspiration from the traditions of chair making in rural Ireland, which often relied upon off-cuts and small sections of wood harvested from scrub and hedgerows. Each stool or chair is a unique piece, made from hand-selected pieces of wood found in the woodyard at White House Farm in Great Glemham and in nearby woodland and hedgerows.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 Chair : The High Back Chair

Maker:  Dan Hussey.
Price:  from £1900.
Delivery Time: Approx 3 months.
Materials:  seat and frame made from steam-bent ash sourced in Suffolk.

The High Back Chair is Dan Hussey's largest chair, with complex steam-bent components. Each High Back Chair is unique, with slight variations in form and height, varying according to the wood and commission. The series is a limited edition, with only a handful of High Backs being made.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Chair : Bendy Armchair

Maker: Dan Hussey.
Price: from £500.
Delivery Time: approx 3 months.
Materials: seats and frame made from steam-bent sweet chestnut.

The Bendy Armchair is unusual in being made from steam bent sweet chestnut wood -ash is more commonly used because of its suppleness. The arms, legs and leg-braces are a masterpiece of steam-bending.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Chair : No 1 Chair

Maker: Dan Hussey.
Price: from £300.
Delivery Time: approx 2 months.
Materials: seats and frame made from steam-bent ash sourced in Suffolk.

The No 1 Chair is one of Dan Hussey’s best selling designs, serving as a kitchen or dining chair. As with his other designs, it is unusual in the fact that the steam-bending is in 3 planes.

For all orders and for more information :  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



 
  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Coast for supporting this year’s Alde Valley Spring Festival !




  • A talk by Maggi Hambling :

    6pm for 6.30pm start. Saturday 7th May in the barns at the farm. Email the Festival for ticket sales.




  • Spring Festival 2016


    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 23rd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions....



  • New for 2016 :

    A sound installation of a nightingale singing by Emma Green; “The Carrier” by Laurence Edwards; “Rite of Spring” by Maggi Hambling and over 200 curated works on show in the barns....




  • New for 2015/16:


    A poetry residency link between the Spring Festival and Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire.

  • The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 14th May.

    BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places....



  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

    Open at Weekends serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.

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  • Try out local pubs :

    The Crown Inn, Great Glemham; White Horse, Sweffling; White Horse, Rendham; The Crown and Golden Key at Snape; The Ship Inn, Blaxhall are all within 4 miles.

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  • Come and visit the farm on foot or by bike:

    Free parking for cars – share journeys if you can. Children and families welcome – no dogs please.

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  • New for 2016 :

    “Meet the Artists” informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.


  • New for 2016 :

    ‘Writing at Great Glemham” – a series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers and Festival Talks.

  • Don’t forget local market days :

    Mondays at Campsea Ashe auction rooms [with tea room]; Tuesdays at Framlingham; Wednesdays in Saxmundham – and Snape Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.

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Artisan Products

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The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

   
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