Shopping for Inspiration……..

March 2nd, 2018


Whilst visiting family in Newark-on-Trent last Summer I spotted this detail on an old beam in an antique shop called Galerie in Kirkgate (delicious shop full of really quirky, beautifully chosen pieces) – Picture my wife most annoyed that I wasn’t looking at the lamp base she had in her hand – me gazing at the ceiling instead.


I’ve been putting the same chamfer detail on beams and purlins etc since I was shown how in the boatyard where I did my apprenticeship – it was a simple run-out stop chamfer (A chamfer by the way is taking off the sharp corner from a piece of wood – it stops the timber looking too square and ‘blocky’ – much prettier (not sure the word ‘prettier’ is used extensively in my industry).

Newark is renowned for its Medieval timber framed buildings- a few of which surround the town’s market square – well worth a visit! (and with a thriving market and lunch as always in Gannets Bistro is a must). Anyway…I’d wanted to use the chamfer detail that I’d seen at Newark and an opportunity popped up recently when a client liked the idea of using chamfers on their project.

Marking up

It looked quite simple but marking it out on a piece of scrap wood to try it out soon revealed that it wasn’t going to be that simple – it kind of needed angles marking that I wouldn’t be able to see until I’d cut the waste away – after much head scratching I’ve pretty much nailed it and we’re all pretty chuffed with the result. After a bit of research I found that this style is found in a few other Nottinghamshire Timber Framed Buildings and I’ve now adopted the ‘broach-stopped chamfer’ as my own signature style.

History Repeats…..

So thank-you to Galerie in Newark for the inspiration and it does make me wander who the carpenter was who over nearly 500 hundred years ago cut that same pattern in that beam that I gazed up at– was it his signature chamfer too?