Phil Bates Woodcraft was born of Phil’s love of woodworking.
In his workshop, near Helston in Cornwall, he hand crafts furniture for the home and garden, as well as completing commissions for other pieces as diverse as delicate presentation boxes to large trunks for cattle showing equipment. From screens, garden gates, window frames, coffee tables to dining and picnic tables, breadboards and platters.
- Locally sourced wood
- Built to last
- Garden furniture range
- Commissions welcomed
Phil has always been a woodworker. From the time he started his woodwork class at Helston Grammar School, he has made things in wood. This was initially as a hobby, in property renovation and barn conversion.
An encounter with the course manager of the furniture making department of his local college led to enrolment and a formal qualification. This, coupled with retirement from the Police Force, led him to launch his own range of garden furniture based on the shape of a garden bench that he remembers from his Grandmother’s garden. Word of mouth, some local trade shows and a new career was born.
All Phil’s wood is locally sourced. Most of his garden furniture is made from larch, which is supplied by Jo Sawmills near Penryn. Although a softwood, the high resin content of larch makes it extremely durable and ideal for outdoor locations. Hardwood is supplied by Cornwall Hardwood Supplies, based near Camborne.
Living in West Cornwall, Phil is only too well aware of the damage done to any steel work by the elements. As a consequence, all steel is galvanised to ensure longevity, and all screws and bolts are in stainless steel. This garden furniture is made to last.