The nails series of furniture uses workshops offcuts and recycled timber primarily from Bristol Wood Recycling Project and other sources. A variety of different hardwoods, including oak, elm and beech are used in conjunction with aluminium, brass and copper nails to create intricate patterns in the surface of the timber. This is a laborious process involving around 10 steps and in some cases up to 1000 nails are used in one piece of furniture. The series comprises occasional table and stools. Prices are based on the amount of time and work that lovingly goes into each peice. Furniture can be made to order based on designs in this collection or commissioned to a design based on your own ideas.




Elm and Aluminium

34cm diameter x 46cm high                    


(This shows a ten-point star. A nine-point version is also available).


Oak, Aluminium, Brass and Copper

34cm diameter x 46cm high                         £350



Oak and Aluminum                                         

35cm x 50cm x 36cm high                   

£700 (for set of three)



Iroko and Brass

40cm x 50cm x 36cm high                   




Beech and Aluminum                                       33cm x 40cm x 36cm high                   




Beech and Aluminium 

33cm x 40cm x 36cm high                   




Beech and Aluminum                                       67cm x 28cm x 36cm high                   



Oak and Aluminium

120cm x 50cm x 40cm high


This oak table was commissioned by a client who wanted a a solid table which would stand up to daily family use. The design can be made in a variety of sizes and with a surface design of the client's choice.


Each piece of furniture includes my Footwork Furniture maker’s mark on the underside in the same material as the surface design on the top.


To purchase any of the above pieces, or enquire about having your own bespoke piece made, please contact:


0117 963 3029



I started making things out of wood while I was still at primary school. My father took me to Midlands Arts Centre where Kurt Nielsen helped and inspired me. Cecil Collier was my inspirational teacher at Bryanston School where I had free rein in the wood and metal workshops. At Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE) I spent three years learning three-dimensional design. All these opportunities nurtured and encouraged my love of design and materials.

Although most of my work is in wood, I am regularly drawn to other materials and have dabbled in enameling, jewelry and ceramics. I love the combination of wood and metal in the nails series, with the darkly dyed wooden surface offsetting the sparkle of the metal decoration.


Rowland Spyer (design), Anita Hummel (photography), Helen Game Design, and Louis Eastman (for use of Out of the Woodwork’s amazing sanding machine).

7 Stackpool Road
Southville, Bristol  BS3 1NG

 0117 963 3029 / 07727 991171philip@footwork.org