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Unique Pembrokeshire furniture maker shuts up shop

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After years of making bespoke furniture in Pembrokeshire, local company Uniqueworks have decided to close in March, to pursue a new direction on the Welsh Borders.

More than four hundred individual items of furniture have been hand-crafted for customers, by Jake Humphries, cabinet-maker and co-founder.

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Based from a workshop overlooking the estuary in Pembroke Dock, founders Stephanie Smith and Jake opened their first high street shop in Pembroke in 2009. Successive shops in Carmarthen and Narberth followed.

Their speciality lay in blending traditional woodworking techniques with a classic look and insisting on using only Welsh and British native trees for their timber. Very often it was the very gnarly bits of wood, full of knots and character which caught Jake’s attention, to incorporate into the design.

Having appeared in Vogue magazine, Uniqueworks have also been commissioned to make furniture for Pembroke Castle, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The World Leader’s Lounge at the NATO Summit Wales.

Centre-piece dining tables have also been made for The Grove, Narberth and for the new wild food restaurant, Annwn, at Lawrenny.

Yew slab coffee table made by Uniqueworks

“We’ve been making furniture here for thirteen years now and it seems to have been all we’ve lived and breathed throughout that time,”says Jake.

“It’s hugely sad to be not making any more furniture, but an opportunity has emerged for us at our sawmill in Herefordshire and it feels like the right time to try something new”.

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“We really will miss our customers,” says Stephanie, “and we’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who’s supported us along the way and sent us good wishes for our new adventure”.

A sale of furniture stock and equipment at the workshop will start immediately.

(Lead image: Uniqueworks)

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