Monday, July 11, 2011

New Video Launched July 2011

The new Marc Fish video has been launched on YouTube, you can view it by clicking in this link

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nautilus coffee table gets Marc a forth Guild Mark

Nautilus (2011)

With a brief for a large statement piece, with maybe a hint of the sea - its location being a large loft style appartment overlooking the English Channel. An open breif from the client is every makers dream.- room to explore, experiment and innovate. A new technique was developed to turn 4000 pieces of veneer strips into a 10 mm thick logarythmic spiral.

Edition of 2, no 2 is for sale, both are unique in colour and style.

Awarded Guild Mark no 435 by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Drawing board project finally. June 2011

Drawing board final pictures project finished

Pen stand comes off the drawing board base using a reclaimed aluminium light stand.

I made a paper feed using the parallel motion rollers from the old board and a couple of pieces of turned aluminium to hold the tube.

A finished project a very stylish and practical drawing board.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Drawing board project update. June 2011

Acrylic top now fitted with chamfered edges, these have been polished. The board mounts onto the supports that you saw in the last blog

The drafting arm came from the states and I have stripped it of paint and hand polished it. Here it is in pieces before being rebuilt, take pictures before you take apart to aid re-assembly.

A nice abstract shot of the board, with the new drafting arm in place. The light is just hitting the edge.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New drawing board project 1920's restoration

New Drawing Board

I have always wanted an antique drawing board and my partner Vanessa was looking for a gift as it was my 40th birthday. The hunt was on which did not take very long, Ebay Buy it Now located in London. I was going to be in London to drop my Nautilus table to The Millinery Works Exhibition and I could pick it up after that, little did I know that it was located in the next road, what a stroke of luck.
Like my bench this was not going to be any normal drawing board, with polished aluminium drafting arm, clear acrylic board, pen table and perspective drawing arms.
Over the next couple of posts I will show you pictures as I work through it.

Original Board before work started

Acrylic strengthening bars for the board to be mounted on.

Acrylic board with chamfered and polished edges

Drafting arm components after sanding

Starting the polishing

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Furniture with soul New Book inclusion

David Savage's new book Furniture with Soul has been receiving rave reviews. It is due out in May and is a available for pre order through It is a great honour to be included in this prestigious group of furniture makers. David has edited the book and also written all the profiles. Here is a little snippet of his comments on my profile.

He is one of those creative businesspeople that seem poised to take over the world, the computer graphics ability and furniture-making skills that Marc Fish possesses make him an

interesting person to watch. Marc’s business model sets a standard for how a small furniture-making workshop can grow and develop in the years to come.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Open Studio May Brighton Festival exhibition

Open Studio

We will again open our doors for three weekends in May to the general public. Please feel free to come and visit us. We will have furniture on display along with photography, sculpture, painting, metal work. Open 14,15,21,22,28 & 29 May 11am -6pm An ideal time to come and discuss courses, furniture making commissions or bench rental.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Claxton Stevens Award Winner 2011

Marc Fish wins Claxton Stevens Award

This years Claxton Stevens award has been awarded to Marc Fish for the best guild mark issued in 2010. Fourteen were issued last year for excellence in construction, design, materials and purpose. It puts Marc firmly in the league of John Makepeace, Andrew Varah, Silverlining and Richard Williams.
Marc's 'robinson house studio' is going from strength to strength, definitely the place to watch and train.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Maquette making February 2011

I have always made maquettes in the past however it was not until I was asked to write an article on the very subject that I have really appreciated their importance. Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine asked me to give advantages of making models before making the actual piece of furniture. The full article can be found at here are some pictures of some maquettes we have made in the past.

Nest of Table, stainless steel, glass and timber 2004

Macassar ebony and stainless steel never made.

Laminated sycamore and walnut rocking chair never made.

Walnut and maple work bench 2010

Monday, January 17, 2011

new woodworkers workbench finished January 2011

Pattern makers vice fully detailed

Nice view showing both vices

Brass planing stop which has been routed into front of bench, this is one of my favourite additions to my bench.

Turned and milled aluminium handles with brass ferrule.

Finished bench

New woodworkers workbench finished January 2011

Woodworking Bench Finished January 2011

The bench is now finished so here are the last few images

The drawers are divided up to house tools both power and hand tool, above domino jointer and Lamello biscuit joiner

Router drawer with Makita Laminate trimer and all accessories

Plywood drawers fitted awaiting veneered MDF false fronts

Veneered MDF drawer fronts fitted, by using one sheet of 8 x 4 sheet we can match the grain across the drawers.

Finished bench in place aluminium handles fitted on drawer fronts and 4 coats of Osmo oil all round. Job well done.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Furniture Making Bench progress January 2011

Latest pictures of the bench

Vices fitted and now starting carcass for drawer units

Using my Lamello biscuit jointer for the carcass components.

First half of drawer unit fitted.

Using the pattern makers vice, it is great for planing chamfers on pieces just adjust angle of vice until you are planing horizontal.

Bench located in its home with both drawer units fitted, these are made of Walnut veneered MDF with iron on edging. Next will be the drawers which we will be using soft close mechanisms from Blum.

Friday, January 7, 2011

January 2011 Back in the Studio

Hi to everyone hope you are all well and have had a great break. Now it is time to get back in the studio and move the year forward. I have a lot of things planned for this year - some interesting commissions, finishing the Bench, a new video commercial for the website and YouTube. New changes to the courses we run are also exciting with improvements being made in the shape of outside lecturers in subjects like engineering, drawing, watercolours.

Back to the bench here are the latest project pictures.

As I had decided to flush fit a pattern makers vice, a lot of consideration was needed at both the design stage and throughout the making, here I am cutting the recess out to house the back of the vice.
Multiple cuts on the bandsaw has help remove the majority of waste required to house the vice. A small crosscut saw will remove the last of the waste and some filling, sanding will finish.

Dry glue-up with the front and rear rails.

Glue up front and rear rails.

Vice supported bracket fitted after quite a fair bit of tuning

Vice back fitted and new leather lining fitted, notice the first assembly of the Veritas twin screw vice at the other end of the bench.

Front section of vice fitted with new detailed machine wheel, these are custom items and do not come with the vice, it matches the ones we have fitted on the Veritas twin screw vice. normally all these vices would have a wooden bar handle. Not that cool

This is what it is all about the versatility, being able to adjust the vice at any angle if you have never seen one of these in action I suggest you check them out, it will change the way you work.

New freshly turned aluminium bench dogs which fit snugly in the brass ferrules mounted in the bench.

Image below shows new Veritas twin screw vice, these come with a chain cover but I like the look of the chain.