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 :  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 £685
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 £2,450.
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 £595.
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 £350.
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 !



  • Try out local pubs :

    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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  • 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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  • New for 2016 :

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

  •  New for 2017 : ‘Writing at Great Glemham”:

    A series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers each Thursday and Festival Talks each Friday with guests Alistair Carr, Aljos Farjon and Jack Cooke.

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  •  New for 2017 : “Handmade”

    A series of over ten Workshop Residencies and Open Studios showcasing local crafts and heritage skills – inc chair making, knife making, wood turning. Open at weekends and Bank Holidays.

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  •  Meet the Artists:

    Informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.



  •  New for 2017 : To the Moon and Back:

    A new life size bronze by Craig Hudson of Marley the dog on display in the fields.



  • 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.



  • New for 2017 : bronzes from Maggi Hambling:

    Bronzes from Maggi Hambling’s Aftermath series on show in the Farmyard barns.



  • Pop Up “Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms:

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

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  • 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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  • New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~

    New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~ Celebrating the English Oak, Woodland and Widlife – including paintings and drawings by Jelly Green of trees and woodlands from around the UK.

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  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Each Thursday evening during the Festival - £35.50 per person – three courses served at the farmhouse refectory tables by candlelight. BYO beer / wine.

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  •  The Big Spring Picnic Saturday 20th May:

    The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 20th May. BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places.

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  • 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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  •  Spring Festival launches on 22nd April:

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 22nd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions.

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Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
   
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
   
The Suffolk Chair Collection

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

   
Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

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Food Adventures

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Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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