Jim Parsons is a Suffolk woodworker who was born and still resides in Snape. Jim’s workshop is just down the road in Wissett, near Halesworth, where he handcrafts beautiful furniture from locally sourced woods.
Jim first started making chairs in the early 1990's and subsequently completed a cabinet-making course at Ipswich College. Although he continues to make all types of furniture, Jim enjoys making chairs more than anything else, in particular developing his own designs.
Jim is greatly influenced by the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the shapes and forms he finds in the churches and boatyards that populate his walks around the Suffolk Sandlings.
The timber for each piece is locally sourced as he works closely alongside several woodsmen to collect his materials. Therefore, he can identify the origin of each tree the wood was sourced from and maintain a strong sense of locality in each piece of furniture.
Using a variety of traditional techniques, Jim carves, planes, steam-bends and shaves wood to create timeless pieces for the home. He hand-crafts tools or modifies traditional tools to suit a particular purpose, which is what gives his work its distinctive style. He incorporates paint and pattern to add texture and warmth.
The process of seeing the tree through to the completed piece of furniture is what Jim values, which we see reflected in each piece he makes; a signature ‘bud’ on most of his chair-legs remembers the raw material, and the legs themselves are often branch-like rather than perfectly straight. Each of Jim’s furniture is elegant, considered, constructed of local materials and made to last for generations.