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I began my career as a trainee furniture maker in my native Great Britain in 1973 and I've worked continuously in the profession ever since. I studied and qualified as a furniture designer and maker at Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology in 1983.

During my time in the industry I have been a furniture practitioner in a wide variety of roles and at many levels. Employment early in my career included periods as a bench joiner,  cabinetmaker and furniture maker for a variety of mainly small businesses. Those early positions were followed by workshop supervisory and management roles along with increasing responsibility for designing, initiating, and managing the manufacture of furniture and wooden artefacts for my employers; during this period I was, for example, employed as the Furniture Technician in the Furniture Department at Edinburgh College of Art, and as the workshop manager at the Children's Museum of Houston. During the middle of the 1980s I started taking on private furniture design and making commissions in addition to my full-time employment. I moved to Texas in 1993, and some eighteen months later I opened the full-time business Richard Jones Furniture in 1995

In 2003 I returned to Great Britain to take up an offer to become a Course Leader and lecturer on furniture design and making programmes at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, Oxford. In 2005 I moved to Leeds College of Art to become Programme Leader of the Foundation Degree/BA (Hons)/ 
Foundation Degree, Furniture Making.

Seeing my Work

My furniture has appeared in galleries, exhibitions, expositions and shows since the early 1980s. Selected highlights include participating in the Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, 1999; The Houston Home and Interiors Show, 2000; participating in a mixed media show at the Brazosport Art League, Lake Jackson, Texas, 1998; invited exhibitor in Furniture expositions between 1999 and 2002 at Gremillion & Co gallery, Houston, and taking part in the collaborative multi media events 'Fire' at the KGA Compound, Houston, during 2001 and 2002 hosted by the well known interior designer Kelly Gale Amen. More recently I have taken part in the annual group exhibitions of The Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, Yorkshire, and in 2013 I exhibited work at, 'MAKERS', Cube Gallery, Manchester. Finally, my work can regularly be viewed and purchased at Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield.


I  enjoy writing and my articles and contributions on furniture making and woodworking topics have been published in the USA and the UK. Magazines where my articles have appeared are Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Woodshop News, and Woodworker's Journal in the USA; and in the UK, Furniture & Cabinetmaking and The Woodworker.

The rights to publish my book on timber technology has been bought by a US publisher, with a provisional release date scheduled for the autumn of 2016. The manuscript I wrote is an 
academically formatted, illustrated, and peer reviewed text on timber technology, written from the point of view of one woodworker for other woodworkers, - furniture makers, carpenters, joiners, and so on, be they professionals, amateurs, students, etc. This premise of writing as a woodworker on the subject is a markedly different approach to most writers who are overwhelmingly wood scientists writing for other timber technologists. This latter approach generally results in a challenging for the general reader, a category into which, for the most part, many woodworkers fall. My aim was to create a text that makes the subject accessible to non-specialists that nevertheless need such information.

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