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JRA Woodworking

Tel: 01653 628128   Email: john_apps@btconnect.com

JRA Woodworking

A classic business based on years of experience and dedication, JRA Woodworking represents one of those callings that are steeped in tradition and built on strong ethics of artistry, craft and tradition.


Whether your needs are domestic, commercial, architectural or ecclesiastical, we work with you, the client, to create furniture of inspirational quality.


Need something made? Why not pay us a visit?


My name is John Apps, BA (hons), FIOC (Fellow of the Institute of Carpenters).


As the proprietor of JRA Woodworking I welcome your enquiry or, by prior arrangement, your visit to my Slingsby workshops to see examples of current and previous commissions. The main focus on this visit will be to discuss your ideas, your visions, your requirements, and how I may be able to turn them into a reality.


Woodworking classes


Some people wish to develop their own creativity in the field of woodworking, furniture and restoration. In this case our small classes may be for you.  Drawing on my years of experience (plus thirteen years as Head of Furniture at York College) I will personally coax that potential so that you too may enjoy the satisfaction that only the creation of good quality work can bring.


About myself


With many years of experience, including an apprenticeship with Robert Thompson, the ‘mouseman’ at Kilburn, my life to date has been devoted to woodworking and the creation of bespoke furniture for the home, place of business or the church. Almost anywhere can benefit enormously with the addition of real quality items, such is our role at JRA Woodworking.


Oak Breakfront Cupboard made for the Cordwainers of the City of York.


 The Cordwainers Coats of Arms have been set in marquetry on the doors and a carved shoe is centred in the broken pediment.


It was designed and made in collaboration with my HNC students 2005 (Duncan, Jenny and Tom).



Bespoke Joinery and Furniture

Courses arranged




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