Originally from North Yorkshire, John Ayrton Crossley is a designer/maker of furniture and homewares, based in the Cotswolds. Having worked in museums and galleries for 10 years and more recently as a shepherd’s hutmaker, John launched All In The Making in January 2023.
Working with planes, drawknives and spokeshaves, John uses traditional joinery methods such as wedged mortise and tenon joints, to create sculptural, robust pieces, seeking to balance a simple aesthetic beauty with everyday practicality.
Inspired by a love of folk art and vernacular furniture, John uses sustainable British hardwoods and natural finishes, such as traditional milk paint, to explore the tactile nature of wood with carving tools, creating striking furniture for use in all parts of the home, made to last a lifetime. All of the pieces shown can be used either for decoration or as pieces of furniture. They are all made from solid wood.
We are delighted to see that John was the winner of “The Best New Business” award at the Cheltenham Craft Festival in 2023. Very well deserved!