Day full of insights for furniture makers

A DAY filled with ideas, advice and encouragement for emerging and established furniture makers is taking place at Wells & Mendip Museum in May.

Sustainability and gender dynamics are two of the key topics that will be discussed at the third New Makers’ Conference, organised by luxury design and joinery brand Artichoke – based in Cheddar – and The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Featuring insights from leading industry figures, the event will explore how new enterprises start and grow, routes from training into business, and how to achieve results with effective marketing, exhibiting, and retailing.

There will be discussion about building a sustainable and viable business and brand, navigating gender issues and achieving balance, and embracing sustainability

The New Makers’ Conference – sponsored by Artichoke, Axminster Tools and Halstock – is taking place at Wells & Mendip Museum on Friday, May 10, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

David Dewing, chairman of The Furniture Makers’ Company’s South West Region, said: “We are very excited to once again be partnering with Artichoke on the third New Makers’ Conference. Join us for a day filled with ideas, advice and encouragement for new makers, featuring insights from leading industry figures. This event is perfect for any emerging maker, young or old, looking to advance their career in furniture. It’s an opportunity to listen to experts, network with peers and connect with industry leaders.”

Bruce Hodgson, founder of Artichoke, said: “As heritage makers, we are committed to nurturing talent and preserving traditional handcrafting techniques for the future. Artistry and technical skill at our level can take decades in the making which is why it’s so important to encourage young people into the craft.

“Our initiatives in partnership with the Furniture Makers’ Company and particularly the New Makers’ Conference, help to encourage, train and sustain the dedicated masters of the future.”

Tickets are £15 which includes refreshments and lunch. To learn more about the conference and book, visit