Cecil Tait and the Paparwark team, produce furniture and giftware that is conceived, designed, and handcrafted in Shetland.
Cecil Tait and his small team at Paparwark, produce handmade wooden furniture and giftware, made by highly qualified, master craftsmen. Working in the scenic village of Bigton in the south mainland, Paparwark is the place to go if you’re looking for finely crafted traditional Shetland Chairs, or jumper boards, sock boards and other tools used for producing and blocking Shetland knitwear. They hold workshops for Shetland Wool Week and Paparwark’s collection of knitting tools has quickly become a firm favourite with Wool Week participants.
They also make branded collections of furniture and smaller pieces of homeware such as handcrafted chopping boards, wine holders and candle holders.
All their pieces, large and small, are made from a variety of high-quality natural woods and veneers and are only available in limited numbers. Each piece is unique and can be tailored to suit your requirements in a variety of finishes. Everything they make is built to last and many pieces will become treasured family heirlooms.
The distinctive Paparwark logo reflects their core values, marrying inspired concepts, creative designs, and loving craftsmanship. Each piece of furniture bears a unique individually numbered brass Paparwark plaque, which guarantees that the piece meets their exacting standards of design and craftsmanship.
Cecil accepts commissions too, so if you have your very own piece of furniture in mind, contact Paparwark for an initial chat and find out how he and his team can create unique furniture for you, your home or place of work.
Paparwark also run courses. You should contact them or follow them on social media to find out when they will be holding their next course and how you can participate.
Visit the workshop at Bigton or check their website for local stockists or to browse Paparwark’s online shop.