Gerard van der Ende

My name is Gerard van der Ende. I have been a cabinet maker for nearly all of my working life.

I started by working with someone who had done a four year furniture making course at Parnham House. I then drifted from company to company doing sometimes joinery and other times furniture. I have a wide range of woodworking skills. I finally ended up doing mainly bespoke kitchens.

My thirst for learning has always made me want to tackle the admirable skills I observe around me.

This attitude has finally led me to the ability of being in total command of the medium in which I work. With the correctly chosen timber in front of me I work and shape it according to my vision and so the wood will yield its potential. It is really a partnership. Making Windsor type chairs and other furniture is for me a rewarding craft to put that partnership into practice.