Q&A with Stewart Smith

Recently we managed to sit down with Stewart Smith, Joinery Supervisor at Craftwood, to discuss his thoughts on Craftwood and the ideas behind their bespoke seating.

1. How long have you been working at Craftwood?

Stewart has been working with Craftwood for 15 years.

2. Please describe your day-to-day role at Craftwood:

My day-to-day roles include the machining and assembly of seating frames, programming jobs for the C.N.C machine, ensuring the workshop follows health and safety regulations and to making sure the team have a clear idea of what they need to do, as well as smoothing out any problems that may pop up.

3. Please list any qualifications that you have:

My qualifications consist of:

GCSE Maths
GCSE English
GCSE Science
Forklift driver
C.N.C operator
4. What do you like most about working at Craftwood?

The Craftwood team consists of a great mix of people who all work really well together. I also really enjoy building the seating and the variety of projects that come in.

5. When you are not at Craftwood, what are your interests or hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my family and going out for meals as well as delving into a bit of DIY or gardening at home too. I also enjoy relaxing with either music or gaming.

6. Do you have a favourite seating that you have installed or perhaps several that stand out?

Project 1: Beaugrenelle Paris

Eclectic Restaurant Beaugrenelle Paris
Eclectic Restaurant Beaugrenelle Paris
Project 2: Mondrian Sofas

Sea Containers at Mondrian London
Sea Containers at Mondrian London
Project 3: The Walbrook Building

Walbrook building
The Walbrook Building, London
7a. Have you ever dined at a restaurant and seen the seating you have installed? If yes, where and when?

Yes! I went to a Prezzo's in Blandford about two years ago where we had our work installed.

7b. How did you feel when seeing the end product being used?

I thought it looked very nice and it fitted in brilliantly with the restaurant's decor.

8. What projects are you working on at the moment?

Lots! One right now is an exciting project for The Hilton Bournemouth.........and also Picturehouse Central

9. Have there been any particular projects that have made the joinery process more challenging?

Walbrook, the shapes and sizes of the different areas of the seating were tricky.
GBK Westfield, there was a lot of solid oak so I had to be very particular with the finish of the timber work!
Jamie's Italian Gatwick was another large and challenging project
11. Do you have a favourite Craftwood seating style? If so, why?

To be honest there are so many, its hard to choose!

12. Which Craftwood seating style is the most challenging?

All projects incorporating solid oak timber elements are quite challenging.

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