The Suffolk Chair Collection


The Suffolk Chair Collection was started in 2006 to help preserve and celebrate the chairmaking traditions of East Anglia – in particular the Ball Back chairs of Suffolk. The Collection consists of over 50 original early to mid 19th century chairs. These have been digitally archived by local photographer Doug Atfield. The archive is now used by the Spring Festival as a design reference resource, allowing The Suffolk Chair Collection to offer clients a bespoke commissioning service for new editions of classic Suffolk Ball Back chairs. The Collection also offers a commissioning service for a range of new contemporary Suffolk Chairs made by local craftsmen. These are listed and illustrated below.

Commissioning a Suffolk Ball Back or Contemporary Chair

If you would like to order a chair or find out more about commissioning a new edition of a Ball Back chair or a contemporary Suffolk chair please contact the Festival office: enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 



 

Chair :  The Polstead Folding Stool

Maker:  Dylan Pym
Price:  from £125
Delivery Time:  approx 4 weeks
Materials:  seat and legs made from Suffolk oak

The Polstead Folding Stool is one of Dylan Pym’s signature chair designs. Made from locally sourced, air dried timber, it is available in golden or brown English oak. The stools are easy to store, either on a peg or propped against a support. A forged iron latch and bracing keep the chair stable when opened, making it ideal for use in the kitchen or in work spaces.

Note: Stool to used as a seat only. Not suitable for use as a stepladder.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair:  Glemham Dairy Stools and Suffolk Benches

Maker:  Raymond Hopkins
Price:  from £85 to £685
Delivery Time:  approx 6 weeks
Materials:  seats made from oak/ash/elm; legs from oak/ash/cedar/yew.

The seats of Glemham Dairy Stools and Suffolk Benches are made from air dried oak and ash harvested from woodland at Great Glemham Farms in the Upper Alde Valley of Suffolk. Ash, oak, yew and cedar are used to make the legs. All are made to order and are priced individually. Benches can be made to measure from 18cm to 50cm wide, 30cm to 50cm high and 100cm to 450cm long.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

Chair:  Irish Stools & Hedge Chairs

Maker:  Raymond Hopkins
Price:  from £145
Delivery Time:  approx 2 months
Materials:  seats made from Great Glemham oak; legs / uprights made from oak, cedar, hawthorn, hazel, ash, holly, yew

The Irish Stools & Hedge Chairs take inspiration from the traditions of chair making in rural Ireland, which often relied upon off-cuts and small sections of wood harvested from scrub and hedgerows. Each stool or chair is a unique piece, made from hand-selected pieces of wood found in the woodyard at White House Farm in Great Glemham and in nearby woodland and hedgerows.

For all orders and for more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 Chair: Sandling Chair

Maker: Jim Parsons.
Price: from £425 
Delivery Time: approx 2 months.
Materials: TBC.

For all orders and for more information :  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Chair: Wenhaston Chair

Maker: Jim Parsons.
Price: from £865 
Delivery Time: approx 2 months.
Materials: TBC.

For all orders and for more information :  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Chair: Ball Back side chair

Maker: Jim Parsons.
Price: from TBC 
Delivery Time: approx 2 months.
Materials: TBC.

For all orders and for more information :  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Chair: Reproduction Ball Back Carver

Maker: Jim Parsons.
Price: from £TBC 
Delivery Time: approx 2 months.
Materials: TBC.

For all orders and for more information :  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk


 

  • Bronzes of livestock and animals
    by Juliet Simpson for sale.



  • Paintings and drawings by Tessa Newcomb, Emma Green and Jason Gathorne-Hardy.




  • Families and children are welcome to the farm - no dogs please !




  • Farm Nature walks open daily during ! Cornucopia !



  • Hedge Quarters :

    Pop up Tea Rooms open daily 10am - 6pm 15th Sept - 4th Oct. Details >

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  • 'Hefted' :

    An autumn exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculpture



  • Autumn Writing Residencies : 

    Sean Hewitt, Melissa Harrison, Tim Richardson, Louise Gray.




  • New works on show by Maggi Hambling and Jason Gathorne-Hardy.


  • The Suffolk Chair Collection :

    An exhibition of over 50 antique and contemporary Suffolk Chairs. Details >

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  • Pesta Nukenen :

    An exhibition of basketry from our sister festival in Borneo



  • Farm Suppers on Thursday evenings :

    30th Sept, 27th Sept & 4th October. Details >

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  • Meet the Makers!

    Open studios at weekends 10am - 6pm - Details >



 
Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
   
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
   
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

   
Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
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Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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