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I was born in Bodmin Cornwall, but grew up in Wiltshire. There was never any question about what I wanted to do. Workshops, tools and wood held a complete fascination for me. From the age of nine I ran errands, swept up after school and in school holidays for a cabinetmaker’s shop in Corsham. I was later apprenticed to George Philips at the same workshop for five years. I now realise that my apprenticeship was exceptional, mainly due to George’s partner Norman Potter, who lectured at the Royal College of Art. He influenced both of us with his uncompromising attitude to designs and writings (‘What is Design and Modals and Constructs’, published by Hyphen Press).
My first workshop was in Bath for 17 years, undertaking work from architectural joinery through to freestanding furniture. In 1984 I decided to sail to the Mediterranean in a boat I had built. I spent 5 years sailing and working as a freelance cabinetmaker on luxury yachts. I returned in 1989 and with my family bought a derelict chapel, which we have converted into our home and workshops. Trenoweth Chapel is high up above Falmouth Bay with extensive views to Plymouth and down to the Lizard.
I now enjoy living and working in a rural environment with my wife Charlotte Jones, a ceramic artist and three sons. My eldest son Christian works with me. The views from the workshop, ships, yachts, sea and rugged landscape I find constantly uplifting and inspirational. As a compulsive maker my aim is to maintain traditional craft skills, but be open to new ideas and methods.
I am an exhibiting member of the Cornwall Craft Association. The CCA galleries are at Trelissick near Truro and Trelowarren gallery on the Lizard. ‘Out on a Limb’ a furniture exhibition held at Trelowarren gallery by seven furniture makers in Cornwall, which I helped to organise. I have also exhibited at the Truro Museum. Exhibitions include ‘Cornish Art and Craft’ at Beatrice Royal Contemporary in Hampshire and ‘Fresh Cornwall’ at Cirencester Brewery Arts.
My work has been featured in House and Garden, Homes and Gardens, Inside Cornwall, Furniture and Cabinet Making and Good Woodworking.
Usually I arrange a meeting to discuss the furniture and setting. We would arrive at a design brief, time scale and budget. You may want to visit my workshop to see different types of wood and finishes. I would prepare a drawing and a guide to cost. When we have agreed on a final design a deposit of one third is required. The remainder to be paid when the work is completed.
Ron Jones Furniture
Tel: 01326 372523