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David Sears - Biography

Having travelled around the world for a couple of years in my late 20's, fleeing the joys of computer programming and Thatcher's Britain, I decided to try my hand at something practical, something real, and I asked my uncle, John Brown, if I could move to West Wales and be his apprentice. I had no idea where it would lead or if I could do it. He said yes, and I ended up making Welsh stick chairs with John for a couple of years. Having no electricity meant no power tools or machines save for a belt driven bandsaw run from the PTO of a tractor. It was a steep learning curve and I loved it. A simple way of life in a beautiful place, making functional chairs of rare beauty. I still live in the same place but have succumbed to the delights of a modest electricity bill and do now use a small amount of machinery for timber preparation, but, I remain true to my principles of producing hand made, honest craft.

I have been making cabinets, chests and boxes for more than fifteen years from indigenous hardwoods sourced in Wales. I cut every joint by hand and try to make every part of a piece from hinge to door catch. I am not a prolific maker and enjoy our other enterprises; our publishing exploits with Carningli Press, our productive garden and our animals. I am married to Anne, John and Sally Seymour's daughter, and we have brought up three wonderful children, Badger, Molly and Owen.

My work can be seen at The Sessions Gallery in Newport, Pembrokeshire and at Workshop Wales Gallery near Fishguard.

For more details feel free to contact me.