Cornwall Living 2018

The good life

Passion and tradition flow through every expert piece of craftsmanship in the Good Life Joinery workshop.

Good Life Joinery, since moving to a new workshop last year, has gone from strength to strength. We caught up with the founder of this successful oak framing and joinery firm, Stuart Bowman-Harris, at his busy workshop just outside Camelford.

There’s clearly a mix of modern and traditional styles being crafted with the items on the workshop bench. Currently being made was a sleek kitchen with stainless steel worktops, a very large oak staircase and a painted bookcase and cupboard unit. Intrigued to know what inspires the team, we asked Stuart, who explained: “I believe the main ingredient in good design is simplicity. The first thing I ask before designing an item, whether it’s a large oak-framed garden room or a piece of furniture, is how the customer wants to use it.

“I have a small, very experienced workforce and we all agree with the principle that form follows function. Also, we’re all absolutely passionate about what we’re doing – we love wood and making things out of it. Whatever it is that a craftsperson makes, if they love what they’re doing and believe in it, their love and belief shines through the final product. A product made on a robotic production line just does not have the same feel.”

Stuart also encourages potential customers to visit previous jobs, explaining that “quite often, the thing that sets us apart from our competitors is much more obvious when you can get up close. Not only do you see the level of detail and craftsmanship that’s gone into the piece, the client can also find out first hand how we will work with them; relationships with our clients are very important to us.”

To see Stuart and his team, visit the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, on 29th and 30th April. Or, if you can’t wait to get in touch, give them a call or drop them an email to arrange a visit to the workshop. They’re always welcoming and keen to discuss new projects.


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