Currently viable crafts


Furniture making


The making of furniture from both wood and other materials. See the separate entries for cabinetmaking, chair caning, chair making, chair seating, joinery and upholstery.


Status Currently viable
Craft category  Wood
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Supply of raw materials: As of 2 January 2017 all species of rosewood and some species of bubinga have been added to the CITES endangered list and a permit is required to export any items containing any species of rosewood. This may affect tool makers, stringed instrument makers and furniture makers.


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known


Other information