The Merchant's Table

The Suffolk High Back Settle - Jim Parsons


The Suffolk High Back Settle, a settle bench by Suffolk Chairmaker, Jim Parsons.

The high back settle seat is made from a majestic Oak which fell in Polsted and the legs and spindles are Ash from Blythburgh. The seat is hand-carved from a single, seasoned board of Oak, with a tactile ripple, into which the slender Ash spindles are socketed. Jim's signature legs, joined using tenon and mortise joints with wedges are carved to give a confident stance.

Jim Parsons is a Suffolk woodworker who was born in Snape and has lived along the Suffolk coast all his life. He handcrafts beautiful furniture from locally sourced woods and can identify where each tree grew.

The settle has a wonderfully solid feel and the elegant spindled high back and overall lean exudes, ‘come sit and spend some time with me’. This is a settle which is hard to leave and one to share with someone dear.

Jim uses a variety of traditional techniques almost all involving hand tools. Curved components are steam bent, legs spokeshaved and the back spindles made using rotary planes. He shapes the seat by hand with a special plane which he made for the purpose. The minor securing is made with solid copper nails. 

What makes this piece of furniture all the more precious is the fact it is crafted from locally, sustainably sourced wood. A kinder, more sustainable way of living, with a lightness of touch and respect for our natural environment.

The Suffolk High Back Settle can be made to measure, please call or email us to discuss and for us to give you a bespoke price.

Measurements of the Suffolk High Back Settle shown in these images:

Height, including high back: 116cm
Height of seat: 45cm
Length: 121cm
Depth of seat: 44cm
Depth of legs at base: 54cm

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH


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