Let’s challenge a few myths ‘They don’t make it like they used to’ Well they do and better! In fact since the 1970’s British Craft Furniture Revival there has been a revolution in craftsmanship and design. See Jeremy Broun’s Furniture Today lectures and DVDs. ‘Solid wood is superior to veneer’ Throughout history and surviving to this present day are many examples of superbly crafted veneered furniture. The use of veneer allows exotic and rare timbers to be used and the base material (chipboard or MDF) allows for greater dimensional stability, for instance in large table tops. The important thing is to have solid wood edges (called lippings) that take dents without the veneer exposing the core. 
The importance of finish A wood finish both protects and visually enhances the piece and should be appropriate to the timber and the use of the piece. Some woods take an oil well. Jeremy Broun tends to avoid using waxes which although adding a romantic smell to the piece, can attract dirt in open grained timbers (such as ash) and make future repairs difficult.
Plywood is a good quality stable material
Look for tight joints
solid wood lippings protect veneered work
slightly rounded edges are easier to handle and avoid dents better than sharp edges.
solid wood is better for wear
What to look for in a quality piece of furniture
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Copyright Jeremy Broun 1973-2015

sculpture and cabinetry

THE STARWARS COMPUTER DESK 1997 Made from Kevasinga veneer with ebonised maple lippings this laptop computer desk combines aircraft construction with cabinetry
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a trademark heirloom


THE HIGH BACKED ROCKING CHAIR 1973 Made from solid  ash or cherry with sailing cord woven upholstery       this chai has found homes all around the world and is commissioned individually today.
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Jeremy Broun After a short woodwork teaching career culminating at Millfield School, Jeremy Broun set up his own workshop in Bath in 1973 creating his own unique style of furniture.  He has exbited at major British shows and in the USA and Finland  and he has won numerous  awards.
teach Jeremy Broun is a seasoned lecturer having taught at Bristol Polytechnic, Goldsmiths College, Rycotewood College, The furniture College in Ireland and at the SouthWest Finland Institute of Art, Craft & Design. He has taught intensive private courses and shares his vast knowledge in his published books, DVDs, e-books and on a flourishing YouTube channel