About

Following several visits to rainforests in Asia and, most recently a travel to the ravaged forests of Malaysian Sarawak in Borneo, David Thomas (Querx is pretty much a one-man operation) decided that the furniture he made should all come from local woodland, to only use timber that comes from coppice and properly managed rotation. The Querx collection is therefore mostly from oak, ash and cherry from the Ceiriog Valley just south of Llangollen on the Welsh borders. He cuts the trees, mills them, dries the planks in covered stacks for years before recutting to make furniture. The designs and the techniques of Welsh stick furniture brings the finished product as close as you can get to the forest that it came from because there are so few processes to separate it. A chair leg, for example comes from a round log split, then split into quarters or even eighths before drawknifing to roughly round before planing to almost perfectly round. Simple as that.

The underlying philosophy is - if you put a pressure on the woodland it really becomes worth something. If it is worth money then it will become managed properly and most of the derelict coppice broadleaf woodland would gradually become managed as much of it was before the last World War. In a coppiced wood light can penetrate to the forest floor, there is a lot of brash and rotting branches in the deep leafmould; insects thrive, plants carpet the floor and the wildlife returns. As a consequence of using only local timber some concessions have had to be made and these mean straying from traditional materials. There is no elm for the chair seats for example, and most of the valley trees are not big enough to get wide enough planks to make a seat out of one piece of wood. Several may therefore be used, which are then braced underneath and the legs go right through both brace and seat plank, wedged on the polished top surface so you can see eactly how the thing is made.
Further into North Wales the slate is old and compressed - the best in the world. It seemed an obvious idea to mount slate discs onto a wooden base to make a table, but these sculptural side and coffee tables remain quite unique. The display stands are just an extension of the same idea except they do not require feet. Flower arrangers love them, but they were originally made for houseplants.
This is a collection of elegant geometry, traditional technique, contemporary design and a closeness to its natural state that furniture could attain.

"Just to let you know that I'm absolutely delighted with my chair. The height is perfect, making it very comfortable to sit on. Thanks again for taking such care."

Andrew