I’m Stephen Finch and I design and make furniture by hand using Scottish native hardwoods.
The furniture I build is honest, approachable and uncluttered. Maybe that comes from growing up in the Peak District, a place of dramatic landscapes and people who get straight to the point.
When I’m not working with wood I can be found playing the drums, sampling craft ales or enjoying an ice cream on Portobello prom.
I share workshop space in an interesting old WW2 building at Newbattle Abbey. Most of the time there’s a pot of coffee brewing, so please drop by and I’ll do my best to find you a clean mug.
A potted history
I trained at Jewel & Esk College and began my career at Woodschool near Jedburgh. I went on to become a Director of Real Wood Studios - a collective of furniture-makers specialising in the use of Scottish native hardwoods. After a decade in the Scottish Borders I moved back to Edinburgh and now share workshop space with fellow furniture maker Tom Cooper at Newbattle Abbey Business Park, near Dalkeith.