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About Us

Oak Garden Bench with lead infills, Littleport, Cambridgeshire Ash Kitchen with granite work tops and oyster bar Reclaimed Pine Welsh Dresser, Cambridgeshire Ash Dining Table with Glass Insert, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

Where you can find us in 2017

Riverside Arts 2017

Rick will once again be hosting 5 other artists on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th July as part of Cambridge Open Studios 2017. The workshop will be transformed into an exhibition space to showcase Rick Forward's furniture plus the work of the following artists and makers: Caroline Forward, Kimberley Allen, Jeremy Peake, Jane Frost and Ditty Dokter.

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www.camopenstudios.co.uk

Country Fairs 2017

Cambridge Town and Country Fair
We are looking forward to exhibiting for the first time at Cambridge Town and Country Fair, on Parker's Piece, Cambridge, 10th and 11th June 2017, 10am to 5pm. Come and talk to us about your plans for your bespoke kitchen and other bespoke furniture requirements. Smaller stock items such as corner cupboard and occasional tables will be available for immediate sale.
https://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/cambridge-town-country-fair/
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Wimpole Hall Christmas Craft Fair
Dates to be confirmed.
We look forward to seeing you again at Wimpole Hall in November this year. We shall have our traditionally built furniture on display and Rick will be demonstrating some of his traditional joinery methods.
We shall be happy to discuss your requirements for environmentally friendly furniture, from fully fitted or freestanding kitchens through to beds, library furniture and occasional tables, - or any other furniture you need!
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole
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Federation of Small Businesses

We are a member of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Our Apprentice Workshop Assistant

Our Workshop Assistant, Jake Caller, who works with us part time is continuing to do well with his accredited Apprenticeship in Woodworking with Cambridge Regional College

Hand Carving

Rick has been enjoying hand carving new sustainably managed Oak hardwood as a feature for a Contemporary Kitchen, shown in our Other Kitchens page

  • New from Old hand carving New from Old hand carving New from Old hand carving

  • We have won two Interior Design 2017 BUILD Awards

    We have been awarded Best Bespoke Wooden Kitchens and Furniture Designer, East England, and also Most Innovative Residential Kitchen Project.
    For the kitchen that won the award Rick was able to work with his client’s aspirations, reflect local environmental characteristics into the design detail of the furniture, use new and traditional methods of cabinetmaking, and create a unique solution for his clients’ requirements, all with minimal environmental impact. Rick hopes to complete more projects like this in the future.

  • Award Winning Contemporary Kitchen, New from Old Bespoke solid wood contemporary Kitchen Furniture Hand carved cupboard and drawer fronts, New from Old
  • Interior Design Award 2017, New from Old

    Green Energy for New from Old

    As part of our ongoing commitment to minimal environmental impact, we are now generating our own electricity from photovoltaic panels.
    We re-use our waste wherever practical and safe, and to this end we have a wood burning stove to burn our sawdust to heat the workshop.

    Occasional table designs

    Our occasional tables are handcrafted from new sustainable Oak hardwood which is certified as coming from sustainably managed sources. They measure approximately 48cm high, except for the Glasgow table which is approximately 67cm high. The designs of these unusual striking pieces are inspired by architects and cities from around the world.

  • Bab Berrima Table £220 Bab Doukkala Table £220 Barcelona Table £115 Glasgow Table £125

  • Sustainability in the kitchen manufacturing process

    New from Old was recently approached for comments on any or all of the following topics:

    The general need for sustainability in the kitchen manufacturing process - why it's important.
    The way manufacturers are addressing the challenge of finding sustainable resources for cabinetry (both in terms of types of materials used and offsetting any timber used).
    Woods that consumers should look out for - ones to use and ones to avoid - and ecologically sound manmade alternatives.
    The eco credentials of worktop surfaces, such as stone, synthetic and composite materials, and the available options for a sustainable workshop.

    This is our response:

    Sustainability in the kitchen manufacturing process
    Sustainability is largely about the materials used rather than the process of manufacture, although some processes can be more damaging to the environment than others. Broadly speaking, the more labour intensive a process is, the better it is for the environment. Put very simplistically you can a drill a hole using a brace and bit and use no electricity, or use a CNC machine. The advantages of a CNC machine are speed and accuracy, so any process comes down to profit margin and cost.

    Self generating heating and electricity
    Some practices within manufacturing can be described as highly sustainable, for instance, the use of workshop waste and off cuts to heat the workshop, and boiler technology is now advancing a pace so that the boilers can generate electricity as well as heat.

    Reclaimed Pine and Sustainable Woods
    The choice of materials can hugely affect how sustainable a process is, and again, broadly speaking, the less processed a material is the more sustainable it is, so solid wood is more sustainable than man made particle boards, but an MDF made without formaldehyde and from forest thinnings (brashings) is more sustainable than a standard MDF, and English Oak, grown from a well managed wood is far more sustainable than a tropical timber, however well managed its growth has been.

    Here at New from Old, we tend to use only locally grown timbers that are accredited as sustainable, and we never use tropical woods or by products of the tropical timber industry. However, primarily we use reclaimed timber, largely pine. Not only does it rate very highly on the environmental products score, but being reclaimed it comes with character and history in it, which our clients love.

    Sustainable Kitchen Work Surfaces
    Choice of work surfaces is a bit of a nightmare, but solid wood must be best. However, not every client is prepared to maintain an oiled worktop so alternatives need to be offered. Again the more processed a material the less sustainable it is, so granite, slate and marble could rate quite highly, but then how damaging the mining operation is to the environment is still unquantified. Worktops from recycled materials such as glass, plastic, stonedust, are all worthy alternatives but for the resins used to cement the fragments together. I don’t believe anyone has as yet directly compared all these available products on a sustainability chart, but it would be an interesting exercise.

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