Cumbrian-born Edward Teasdale is an exemplary furniture maker. Initially a maker of small boxes made from offcuts, he moved to the production of much larger chests from locally sourced found materials. These are conceived as multi-purpose objects, not only made for containment, but to function as seating, table and display surfaces. There is a kind of ‘ready made’ patina in the soft weathered colours and textures of the retrieved woods, often bleached and smoothed by sun, wind and water. These he combines and incorporates into his rectangular box forms, objects that are simple and concentrated in design, but are full of the life of the material. He was educated at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Leicester Colleges of Art, and at Manchester Polytechnic, and lives and works in Cookham, Berkshire.