Back in August 2011 we were asked, by Russell Sage Studio, if we would like to be involved in a project to help in recreate a Tudor bedroom for Avebury Manor, owned by National Trust. We jumped at the chance to take part in this unique, and fascinating, project! BBC1 filmed Avebury Manor's restoration and refubishment and 'The Manor Reborn' was shown, across four episodes, in November and December 2011. There is also a book published, The Manor Reborn: The Transformation of Avebury Manor, to accompany the series, which can be found in all major bookshops.
We were asked to complete a Tudor Four Poster Bed for one of the bedrooms, using an authetic bed frame as our starting point. Working closely with Russell Sage Studio, and historian Dan Cruickshank, a design was finalised and work could begin in earnest. Below you will find a selection of images of various stages of the production:
Above: The first assembly of the Tudor bed frame and canopy with new components part made in the workshop. - Below: Detail of a caryatid, before being fixed in place.
Above: The position of the caryatids (figures) being calculated. - Below: The completed headboard, bringing antique components with new panels, fixed together and waxed.
Above: One of the main sections of turning, being worked on the lathe - Below: The front posts, with the main turning secured for a first fit, before being carved & glued.
Above: The cornice frieze before carving work. - Below: The frieze carved and waxed, to match the antique bed frame.
We specialise in making furniture, including four poster beds, to order. If you are very taken with this design, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to develop a four poster bed based on the Tudor period. Please see some examples of the hand carved four poster beds we make below:
You can find the finished article, and more of the rooms that were completed, on Avebury Manor's microsite: Avebury Manor, National Trust, Site
Details of Russell Sage, and his interior design studio, can found on their website: Russell Sage Studio