Selwyn House is formed by Sean Best and Ellie Smalls, who met studying Fine Art at Leeds Arts University.
Always drawn to making things, Sean bought a second-hand lathe and began teaching himself woodturning. An all-consuming obsession for understanding and working with wood followed, and after making the move back to Ellie’s home county of Derbyshire in 2017, they formed Selwyn House, combining their creative talents making small-batch handmade tableware & homeware from the best British-grown timbers they could get their hands on.
Selwyn House is the place Sean and Ellie now call home and where their workshop is based. The choice of name came from a wish to make warm, honest and functional pieces with longevity which can be used and enjoyed everyday. Through further research they found ‘Selwyn’ is an old Anglo-Saxon word roughly translated as ‘friend in the house’ - pretty apt as a design brief!
All the wood used for Selwyn House pieces is sourced as locally as possible to the workshop and is exclusively from trees which have grown in Britain. Most wood is supplied by small independent sawmills, who either manage woodland around them or buy directly from local tree surgeons. Working in small batches means they are able to source more unusual and characterful pieces of timber to work with and adapt designs to make the most of the wood. For many of the turned bowls, the tree itself has been taken down by Sean and slowly air-dried in the workshop. By working from tree to finished piece the wood is carefully used to it’s maximum advantage and any wastage is kept to an absolute minimum.
All Selwyn House pieces are designed to be functional as well as beautiful, handled throughout production to produce contemporary designs intrinsically shaped by both maker and material.
**Selwyn House will be with us very soon....
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