Dovetailors makes Chair for the Queen

March 17th, 2015

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A Sunny Bank Mills tenant has been commissioned to make new seat for the Queen ahead of her visit to the Yorkshire next month. Dovetailors, who are based in 15 Festoon Rooms, are working on the project with architects Thomas Ford & Partners and Sheffield Cathedral, where the Queen will attend this year’s Maundy Thursday service on 2nd April. David Wilson, creative director of Dovetailors, said the chair was being manufactured using English oak and Sheffield stainless steel. Three ceremonial chairs will be made in the same style, one of which will be used by the Queen. “The cathedral felt it was very important to incorporate steel from Sheffield and to have the chair made here in Yorkshire,” said David. “It has also been designed to be in keeping with the cathedral’s Gateway Project, which we have also been involved in.” The cathedral’s Gateway Project marks its centenary and has involved extensive refurbishment of the interior of the building. Dovetailors manufactured a number of specialist pieces including a new solid oak organ plinth with finger-jointed corners. Her Majesty the Queen will see the newly refurbished cathedral for herself when she celebrates the Royal Maundy on Maundy Thursday 2 April. During the Royal Maundy, which commemorates the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus, the Queen will distribute specially minted Maundy money to 89 men and 89 women aged over 70, one for each year of her life. David Wilson said he was honoured that Dovetailors had been chosen to make seating for the occasion. “The architect’s design is in keeping with the whole Sheffield cathedral Gateway Project and we have brought to it our knowledge of proportions and engineering to create a seat that is both comfortable and elegant,” he said. Dovetailors have a beautiful Gallery shop overlooking their workshop where you can see finished pieces from cutting boards to exquisite coffee tables.

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