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Ecclesiastical

Modern churches aren’t just about services on Sunday. They are in use throughout the week by all sorts of different groups both religious and non-religious. So it is vital that church furniture design is able to adapt to these changing demands and needs.

Good design, quality construction, sensitivity towards the building’s character and an understanding of the purpose of both the furniture and its settings are essential when it comes to designing furniture for churches, cathedrals and places of worhship. We have had experience working with church architects and all levels of the clergy, as well as various committee stages required to gain the approval of many of our projects. We have worked with parish churches, monastries, religious schools and cathedrals.

Bespoke church furniture needs to fit perfectly the needs and requirements demanded from it. It needs to endure for many years to come – to be come an essential cherished part of the church’s fabric. It needs to add to, and reflect the values of a religious space.

We have worked on a range of ecclesiastical furniture projects including, altars, chairs, choir stalls, credance tables, ambos, ceromonial tables, Paschal Candle holders, organ casings, audio equipment cabinets, fonts, crosses, vestry wardobes and lecterns. Of particular note, are the set of Maundy Thursday Cermonial Chairs we made for Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to Sheffield Cathedral.

Paschal Candle stand
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October 5th, 2016

Our reputation as church furniture makers has led to an exciting project for an Anglican monastery in Mirfield to design a Paschal Candle Stand.

The Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield had heard about our work with Wakefield Cathedral and Christ the King Church and commissioned us to design and make the piece.

Wakefield Cathedral vestry wardrobes
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April 25th, 2016

A bespoke set of three freestanding vestry wardobes designed to complement the stone vaulted ceilings of Wakefield Cathedral Crypt. Each vestry wardrobe has a contemporary split frame and panel design set onto tapered oak legs.

Vew of Altar and Ambo for Wakefield Renovation Project
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October 15th, 2015

We were privileged to have been asked to contribute to Wakefield Cathedral Renovation Project. The project involved a major refurbishment of the Cathedral and we were particularly keen to collaborate with all involved, church leaders, volunteers, architects and specialist craftsmen to create a flexible space for modern worship. The first focus of our design work […]

Ceremonial Chairs Royal Maundy Thursday
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September 17th, 2015

Last April Her Majesty the Queen celebrated Maundy Thursday at here in Yorkshire at Sheffield Cathedral. We were honoured to have been asked to make a special set of ceremonial chairs for the occasion. The commission followed our involvement with the cathedral’s centenary Gateway Project (RIBA National award winners 2015). The cathedral felt it was […]

View of bespoke church font for Christ the King Mirfield in maple
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September 15th, 2015

We were delighted to be involved in the creation of a new bespoke church font for Christ the King Mirfield. This very inspiring project consisted of designing the support for the new font, a collaboration between several artisans. Built in maple the curved legs support a carved Yorkshire stone font and frames 3 beautiful glass […]

View of organ plinth for Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project
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September 15th, 2015

Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project involved extensive refurbishment of the cathedral’s interior to facilitate the use and life of the Cathedral. The RIBA award winning project was led by Thomas Ford & Partners who contacted Dovetailors to design and manufacture a number of specialist pieces, including a new organ plinth. We collaborated closely with the architects […]