Peter Voylay

I acquired 2 round toughened glass pieces which I wished to put to use as a tops for a coffee table and a larger general table. Having previously commissioned work from Mark, I had no hesitation in approaching him again to come up with a design for the tables.

Mark conceived a beautiful concept where the glass tops would be held in timber frames shaped in the form of a cross supported by four legs. He then visited my home to discuss the designs and suggested Queensland ash would a be suitable timber which would complement the colour of my decor and furnishings.

The result is magnificent. The design gives the impression that the glass is floating in the air above the frame and Queensland ash is such a beautiful wood.

To me the tables are like works of art not just functional pieces of furniture. I enjoy looking at them everyday. They are a delight and will be for years to come.

Mark's work is of the highest quality and he is a pleasure to deal with.
qld ash glass table

Peter Gretton

Having known Mark for many years, I have seen the quality of his workmanship and subtlety of design evolve to the point where every piece he creates is a unique reflection of his craft.  Mark masterfully combines form and function in his pieces, and anyone who is fortunate to acquire one will surely keep it for life.  

There is great integrity in his work and his passion and attention to detail are evident from the initial scoping of the brief to the delivery of the finished piece. Starting with a home visit, Mark works very closely with his clients to ensure the piece he creates will be perfect for them, and maintains regular contact until the piece is complete.

My wife and I commissioned Mark to build a coffee table for the occasion of our 30th anniversary, and we were thrilled when the finished piece exceeded our expectations.

handcrafted coffee table

Tony O'Brien

I had inherited some Blackwood timber from my father.  It had been in the family for over 30 years and I felt that in memory of my father it should be used for something special.

Mark Wakeham of Timber Tailor came up with the perfect solution.  He visited my home and after examining the Blackwood came up with the idea of a 4 panel room dividing screen using the Blackwood for the frame and Brushbox timber for the screen infills to match the parquetry floor.

Mark's idea of adding a zig-zag split in the infills adds some real flair to the finished product which is an exquisite one-off piece of furniture. I love it and it is often admired by visitors.  It exceed my expectations and is a fitting memory to my father's love of good timber and I'm sure in centuries to come will be appreciated as a fine example of early 21st century woodwork. 

It was a pleasure dealing with Mark throughout the process and his love of woodworking and exacting standards were clearly demonstrated.  I highly recommend Timber Tailor.

handcrafted room divider made of blackwood

Damian Slizys

We asked Mark to design and build a TV cabinet for our house. He was engaged with the project from the start and took time to understand what we needed and also to get a sense of what would work best in the room.

TV cabinets tend to be large heavy boxes with a utilitarian air. Mark’s design suspended the box between four legs having a gentle outward curve together with folding doors that allow the TV to be hidden when not in use. The colour of the cabinet, in particular the green dye of the cabinet sides with the reddish brown of the Makore timber, was an inspired choice. Overall, the impression is one of a piece of Japanese furniture, perhaps something for use in a tea ceremony.

The craftsmanship of the cabinet is also striking. Everything fits beautifully together in a manner that eschews the use of glue or nails that you might find in shop-bought furniture.

handcrafted tv cabinet

Carolyn Bartlett

I originally found the Timber Tailor (Mark) after an extensive google search looking for an artist who could make bespoke timber items.I had in mind that I wanted a cufflink and watch box as a present for my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary.

From the day I made initial contact with Mark, the service was excellent. He was able to envisage what I was asking for perfectly and sent me photos of timber for my approval before he commenced the work. He also sent progress photos as he was making the box and was even able to organise a personalised engraved brass plate though a contact of his to make the gift extra special.

Mark hand delivered the box to my house although could have arranged postage had I wanted that, and gave me detailed care instructions.

The finished product was beautiful. Unique and masculine which was exactly what I wanted. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark's services and I look forward to using Mark again in the future.

Gentlmans accessory box