Paul’s crafty makeover for chairs

Skilled craftsman Paul Day has branched out into a new line – creating bespoke chairs.

Business owner Paul Day’s latest piece is a wing chair made for the retirement of a naval firefighter
Business owner Paul Day’s latest piece is a wing chair made for the retirement of a naval firefighter

Mr Day became an apprentice upholsterer as a teenager and, four decades later, runs his business in Oswestry.

He has always wanted to create highly individual pieces of furniture and, over lockdown decided to use his time to offering such a service.

His latest piece is a wing chair made for the retirement of a naval firefighter.

“I was given his uniform to use to upholster the chair and used the jacket as the chair back,” he said.

He is also working on a special chair for someone with a link to the Black Watch, using the regiment’s special tartan.

That will be sent up to the recipient in Scotland as a surprise birthday present.

“I have made the complete chair and it will look exactly like a man with the kilt and even the dickie bow when it is finished,” he said.

“We decided we needed to diversify, like everyone else, the business had a bad year last year.

"There is an interest in restoration and up-cycling at the moment.

"I had had it in my head for ages to try something new I had never had the time to do it before.”

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