About Daniel

Daniel is a graduate of the world-renowned Parnham College in Dorset, training under such great makers as John Makepeace and Robert Ingham .

Following a spell of some 12 years in the south-east of England refining his craftsmanship, Daniel returned to his rural roots in Scotland in 2010.

During his ‘southern years’ Daniel has worked both solo, and in collaboration with other designers. He has been granted Bespoke Guild Marks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (5 to date), produced home and office furniture, and has pieces as far afield as America and Brunei, as well as more local to home. He has become known as a “maker’s maker” – meaning that, whilst his designs may look simple, they are in fact full of subtlety and technical challenges, but more importantly – they work.

Remarkably, and very unusually in this era, Daniel does not use computer aided design. Instead, he prefers to design and work intuitively with respect for the wood and the living structure it has once been. His furniture is full of subtlety, sleek lines and gentle curves: a nightmare for the photographer, but a delight for the client!. The end results are pieces of sculpture that are meant to be used in everyday life - practical, comfortable, and stunningly beautiful. Furniture to make you smile.

His home now is part of an old Scotch Whisky distillery on the side of the River Esk, where eventually he intends a hydro-powered workshop for his unique furniture. Committed to the environment, Daniel uses sustainably sourced wood and finishes wherever possible. Working voluntarily with a local educational and environmental group, Daniel is passing this knowledge and love onto others. From this rewarding work, Daniel is now looking at being able to provide short and affordable masterclasses in cabinetmaking from his Langholm workshop.
Whilst making mainly bespoke commissions, Daniel has a range of affordable ‘limited edition’ furniture, and also makes one-off pieces for display at exhibitions. Daniel tries to attend events in both the south of England and in Scotland on an annual basis – as a photo on a website can never rival experiencing the beauty and subtlety of his work and the quality of the finish in person.

Visitors are welcome at the workshop, but please contact first on info@daniellacey.com