NEWS: London Craft Week

May 2019

The BCC took part in London Craft Week with a tour of the college and chair making at the OXO Tower. London Craft Week returned to the capital for its fifth edition 8-12 May 2019. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brought together over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

The tour took place on Thursday 9th May. Visitors were able to discover the woodworking, stonemasonry, conservation and construction courses on offer and enjoy a tour of the workshops.

11.00am, Arrival
11.10am, Presentation on the work of the Building Crafts College
11.30am, Tour around the College
12:20pm, Finish

At the OXO Tower, students Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby made a contemporary version of a vernacular stick chair. The process of making the chair starts with selecting and felling a tree before splitting out and shaping the components using hand tools and steam bending. This traditional process creates an incredibly strong chair that will last a lifetime and with a contemporary design it remains a practice as relevant as ever.make contemporary furniture using traditional woodworking practices. Their making celebrates the connection between the tree itself and the finished piece of furniture to develop an intimacy between design, craft and material.