Leading landowner launches new business

Sir David Wills

Sir David Wills - Credit: Archant

A LEADING landowner and country squire from Blagdon is launching a new business.

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills at Coombe Lodge

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills at Coombe Lodge - Credit: Archant

Sir David Wills, the head of one of the West Country’s most prominent families, is starting bespoke furniture company Tree to Table.

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills in the workshop

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills in the workshop - Credit: Archant

The pieces will be created using sustainable hardwood felled from his estate, and up to 10 trees will be planted for every one felled.

Sir David Wills and Chris Wood with a finished table

Sir David Wills and Chris Wood with a finished table - Credit: Archant

The Wills family is responsible for introducing the first mass-produced pre-rolled cigarettes to the British public more than two centuries ago.

Carpenter Chris Wood

Carpenter Chris Wood - Credit: Archant

The new range of rustic dining, kitchen and coffee tables will be dried and crafted by hand in a process which can take up to 200 hours. Each table is expected to cost about £2,000 each.

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills inspecting the timber

Chris Wood and Sir David Wills inspecting the timber - Credit: Archant


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The 58-year-old baronet of Blagdon described the project as ‘a labour of love’.

He said: “It has been a hugely interesting project, and I am delighted by the outcome.”

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Each item will be handcrafted on the Coombe Lodge Estate by cabinet maker Chris Wood, aged 38.

They will be stamped with the Wills’ family coat of arms, as a mark of quality and authenticity.

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