I came up with the Mainly by Nature phrase when I was trying to describe part of my design philosophy for furniture. Part of the Colwill and Co ethos is to harvest our timber from urban, non-forested trees. This means that we get some really interesting bits of timber rather than the straight grained, blemish free perfection demanded by the mass market furniture trade (and some more expensive brands that claim to be a little more exclusive). The last thing that I want to do […]


Okay, first up, that isn’t strictly true. Ideally we would much rather you gave them to us for nothing as that would really help us achieve our goals as a social enterprise of using our profits to plant new trees and increase forest cover. It is also true that not every tree is suited to our purpose, they really need to be fairly big and a useful species. Lastly, they need to be nearish so Bucks, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Top of Surrey, North and West […]

Custom Furniture that Doesn’t Cost the Earth

Colwill and Co is a Social Enterprise. That means that our company is set-up with something other than making money as its prime objective. In our case we are all about creating and saving trees. We do this in a number of ways. We use a lot of reclaimed wood. Scaffold boards, builders waste, old furniture you name it. We harvest and process what we call urban timber. This is wood from trees that have not been grown for timber production and would otherwise go […]

Coffee Break?

These two coffee tables were formed from a couple of slabs that I milled from the stump of a Sycamore felled to allow development of a local hotel. To be honest I didn’t have a lot of confidence in anything coming from them. Rounds like this always split and it was impossible to get them properly covered or weighted down where they were to be stored but we gave it a go. I am so glad we did. Once they were levelled some fantastic spalting […]


Its a sign that things are going well but, we are drowning in sawdust. I have two varieties, wet from milling which is generally pretty clean i.e. not mixed up with anything inorganic and dry from the workshop which though dry can have some other stuff in it from the workshop floor but I would say it is 99% wood. If you have a need or know someone that does it’s free by the sack-load provided you can assure me it will be put to […]

Save the Planet for Only 1.5p a Day

Adverts for new cars these days often tell us we can have one for just a few pounds a week.  They play down the fact that you need to put down a deposit of several thousand pounds and that you do not ever own the car. But still, you can ‘have’ a new Land Crusher, Avenger for only £20 a week. That got me thinking. Core to C&C’s approach to sustainability is the idea that we should make furniture that lasts.  If we do this, […]

Do We Need an ‘In The Media’ Page? – Part 2

Following our media debut on the Ellis and John show on Radio X when our products were very favourably compared to a prison weapon, we have been at it again. This time we have been commended by former Labour Party Leader and all round good chap Ed Milliband and leader of the Geoffocracy, Geoff Lloyd on our becoming a Social Enterprise and our recent switch to Green Energy. Basically, they just read out my e-mail but it is still good. Their Reasons to be Cheerful […]

We’re going #Socent

Colwill and Co has always had a green purpose. We have always wanted to make sure that we used materials that are recycled and recyclable or which cause the least environmental impact in their production. And it has never really been about the money, nobody who is a maker really is, otherwise they would do something else. It has been about making furniture that is stylish, practical, respects the environment and offers great value. So most of our products are made using reclaimed wood or […]

Delicate Adjustments to the Website.

Actually it has been quite a major reorganisation as well as introducing some new products that I am really rather proud of. If you haven’t visited for a while, why not come and have a chufty and if you find anything not working do please let me know (though I may cry).  I have been busy too on some wonderful commissions that I am in the process of writing up, so there is more to keep you eye out for in the near future.

A Bit About Design

Having a website is a wonderful excuse for a bit of self indulgence and to drone on about my favourite subject; design. Strap in. Colwill and Co exists to make furniture and household objects that adhere to a few simple criteria. The things we make should do their job really, really well. That means that they should work well from the get go, i.e. be easy to put together by the user. They should do their job perfectly. No if’s buts or maybe’s, if a […]