Luke Olsen is a registered Architect, Educator and Founder of the AA ShortMAKE Courses at AA Hooke Park, including SummerMAKE, LociMAKE, and MAKELab; He is also Coordinator of Architecture Technology Year 3 BSc. at the Bartlett School of Architecture; MArch Architecture Technology Coordinator at the University of Greenwich and Founder of his architecture company Gen(Epsilon)ltd. He has worked in the US, Ireland and across UK on a variety of innovative projects include the Kings-Cross Gas-Holder Triplets and Alpine House with Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London; Brain-controlled movies exhibited in Victoria Miro Gallery; World’s Largest Paper House with University of Greenwich on Maritime Site and award-winning timber church for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pineridge, South Dakota with BVH Architects.
Jim Tory founded Jim Tory Furniture in 2012, setting up his own workshop in an old stone dairy just outside Dorchester, Dorset where he was born and bred. For the past 7 years working with the acclaimed Norwegian designer / maker, Petter Southall at his Itre Studio near Bridport. After completing an apprenticeship he worked as a cabinet maker creating his inspirational and technically challenging steam bent furniture. He not only honed his skills and gained invaluable experience but developed a deep understanding of wood itself and the seemingly limitless ways it can be put together to create beautiful furniture for every-day use. Prior to this he trained in fine furniture making with master craftsman Chris Faulkner at his Ashridge workshop in rural Devon. Here he gained a firm grounding in core traditional cabinet making skills and the uncompromising standards that are needed to succeed at our craft.
Petter Southall has been designing and making his distinctive furniture at his studio, i tre furniture, since 1991. He has made hundreds of private commissions from dining rooms to desks to bedrooms and outdoor seating. His furniture is in public spaces and working environments as well as hospitals and churches. An unusually gifted designer, he is also an uncompromising craftsman with an eye for detail and proportion that is second to none. He came to furniture making from a background of building traditional wooden boats in his native Norway. His work combines boatbuilding techniques such as steam bending and fixing with copper rivets with cabinet making. He often works in solid timber, finishing his work with natural oils and tactile finishes. He avoids the use of glues and composites as much as possible, in order both to increase its longevity and to ensure his work is really healthy to live with. It does in fact enhance life, as so many of Petter’s customers and visitors to Sladers Yard have noticed.
Charlie Corry Wright is Hooke Park’s workshop tutor. He has worked in forestry, furniture making and traditional timber framing. He studied Forest Manufacturing at Hooke Park in 1990, and has lived in the forest with his family since 1994, when he moved on site to help build Westminster Lodge. Since 2002 he has overseen all of the AA’s workshop activity at Hooke.
Image above: From left to right – Luke Olsen, Jim Tory and Petter Southall