What we create & how we work

James Winby and a small team of craftsmen produce hand-made furniture to commission from their workshops in Dorset. Our aim is to build beautiful pieces that are lovingly made with an elegant and human touch.

The workshop is run on a traditional basis; each piece is made from start to finish by one craftsman, without it getting passed through a series of hands. The result is a better, more personal piece.

Whatever the piece, we always try to reflect the beauty and warmth of the timber. The final design should be at one with its surroundings, complement them, or comment on them, and of course every joint and detail must reflect the best traditions of British cabinet-making.


A few of our past projects

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Who’s who in the Winby workshop

James Winby

James Winby studied furniture making in the UK under Alan Peters, one of the country’s great cabinet makers. He subsequently moved to Japan and spent two years designing and building furniture. He returned to England in 1995 and set up workshops in Dorset.

Jethro Matcham

Jethro has been with James Winby Furniture for 12 years since graduating from Poole College. He oversees the day to day running of the workshop, and is highly skilled in specialised finishing for our furniture, for which he is responsible.

Edd Seymour

Edd has been at the workshops for 6 years having also graduated from Poole College. He is a valued maker with an analytical mind. Edd develops any batch runs that we undertake to ensure that we are always as careful and efficient as possible.


All enquiries welcome

01725 516454

The Barn
Rushmore Farm
Tollard Royal