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Benchmark Furniture: Toolbox Talks and Workshop Tour

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This is a BIID CPD Provider Event from Benchmark Furniture

A series
of conversations on Thursday March 10th 2016 between Interior
Designers and companies who are experts in their craft, and who share our
values and our love of making. Our Toolbox Talks provide better knowledge and
understanding of materials and skills in each area of excellence allowing more
creative and effective commissioning.  Artisans of Devizes and Clayworks,
both experts in their fields of stone flooring and clay plasters, like us
believe in doing things properly. We will all talk through the processes of our
craft and what is necessary in our toolbox.  This is an informal day of
talks with lunch provided and the opportunity to tour the workshops and discuss
specific projects with our experts in the afternoon.


Artisans of Devizes will share their
in-depth knowledge of natural stone; the basic geology and mineral make-up of
the most common stones used and their suitability for different applications.
They will provide tips on what to look out for and the questions to ask when
specifying natural stone as well as useful troubleshooting advice.

Clayworks are an award winning
manufacturer of naturally pigmented and environmentally friendly clay
plasters.  They will share their story
and talk to us about the extraordinary interior design solutions that can be
achieved with clay plasters such as mimicking polished concrete, traditional
plasters and stukko and the specialist application skills required.  Learn about the wide variety of colours and
textures and how best to commission bespoke designs.

Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark’s MD  and a furniture maker for over 30 years, will
give an interactive talk sharing samples, notes & sketches to provide a
better understanding of wood  with
particular emphasis on finishes and maintenance so that you commission more

Workshop Tour:

This tour is an opportunity for interior designers to gain a better
understanding of the processes involved in furniture making and specialist
joinery from tree to finished piece. Starting in the mill you will learn about
the importance of timber selection in terms of colour, grain, character and
structure and see how it is prepared and planked. Moving into the main workshop
you will see the different stages of making from the 5 axis CNC machine through
to the hand-cutting of joints by our master craftsmen. From there you will
visit the Spray Shop where you will learn about different finishing techniques.
Along the way you will visit the Metal workshop and see how we work with
non-ferrous metals such as pewter, copper and zinc. The tour will finish with
the Design Studio where you will gain an insight into how n we develop bespoke
designs from initial briefs and sketch proposals, through samples and mock-ups,
full CAD drawings and modelling, to the completed design.


 Coffee & welcome

10:45  Talks kick off

13:30  Lunch

14.00  Workshop tours and informal discussions.

15.00  Afternoon tea

Travel Arrangements

Benchmark is
situated between Newbury and Hungerford and is easily accessible from the M4.
 If travelling by train from London there is a direct line from Paddington
to Kintbury.  There will be courtesy cars at Kintbury station meeting the
9.18am train from London, arriving 10.17am.  Return transport to the
station will be available as required.

Numbers are limited, so early
booking is advised.

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