Grants help furniture maker's dream
Woodland Plus has helped Stoke Climsland man, Barry Mays,
realise his dream of creating specialist furniture using timber
from local woodlands and hedgerows.
Barry is one of 25 people currently signed up with the Woodland
Plus project, a partnership initiative funded through a Jobcentre
Plus European Social Fund co-financing initiative and the
environmental charity, Silvanus Trust. Woodlands Trust has
provided a wage subsidy and a training budget, which has enabled
Barry to develop his designs and find a market for his products.
Barry said: "What I do is really exciting. Every chair
is different, as I don't know what will be possible until
I find the wood. Everything I make is a personal creation
and I don't see it so much as a piece of furniture but as
a work of art."
Silvanus coordinator, Will Frost says: "This project
has helped a wide variety of people to access work in the
timber industry, including forestry contractors, tree surgeons,
saw-millers, joiners and furniture, cabinet and basket makers."
There are just 10 places still available so businesses interested
in taking on new staff should speak to Will at the Silvanus
Trust on 01579 372100.
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