About

Located in the village of Kettleshulme, Cheshire, Carved Wood Design is a great example of alternative thinking. Uneasy with simplistic conventional furniture and kitchen design, Gareth the owner, aims for originality at all times ignoring fashion trends and the principle of built in obsolescence. Flexibility in design means unlimited possibilities, a truly bespoke service from a furniture artist. The build quality is exceptional, in-frame construction with traditional joints and solid wood on the inside of all cabinets, with wood carvings out of the solid. All woods are from sustainable sources including unusual figured woods such as Pippy/Burr Oak, Fiddle Back Sycamore, Swiss Pear, Cedar Of Lebanon, Native Walnut and the recently introduced paint finishes on solid hardwood.
Highly personal, with exceptional attention to detail and limitless design options carved wood design offers a refreshing alternative to the usual predictable, mundane, prosaic designs that seem to saturate the market. Original ground breaking furniture, kitchens and functional sculpture handmade to any design style and within a specific budget.
Appointments can be made to visit the farm where the work can be appreciated in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park. Alternatively visits can be made to any part of the U.K. without obligation.
Commissions undertaken throughout the U.K. and worldwide.


The Man In The Mirror

If you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say

For it isn't a man's father, mother or wife
Whose judgement upon him must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in his life
Is the man staring back from the glass

He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest
For he's with you clear up to the end
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass

-- A convict; found on the walls of his cell

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
― Mark Twain

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”
― Michelangelo Buonarroti

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
― Michelangelo Buonarroti

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
― J.K. Rowling

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.

"If you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other. The loaf will keep you alive and the lily will give you something to live for"
-Chinese proverb.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost.

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
― Steve Martin