Mike Bradley -
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Coronation Chair Enclosure

Westminster Abbey drawings Coronation Chair EnclosureCoronation Chair Enclosure at Westminster Abbey














Mike sanding one of the uprights for the Coronation Chair Enclosure at Westminster AbbeyThis is, probably, one of Mike's most prestigious projects that he has worked on!  A new Coronation Chair Enclosure is being made for Westminster Abbey and these 10ft poles were needed.  As soon as he was contacted, Mike couldn't wait to get started on such a beautiful piece.  Made, entirely, from English Oak, they were turned in sections, with metal threads fitted, so that they could be screwed together once they reached their destination!

Mike proudly holding two of the uprights for the Coronation Chair Enclosure at Westminster Abbey
Coronation Chair Enclosure at Westminster Abbey


























GRAFTON LOCK REFURBISHMENT

Grafton Lock refurbishment by Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner





















The Environment Agency approached Mike and asked for his help and knowledge during the refurbishment of Grafton Lock in January 2009.  With his passion for fishing, this was a project that Mike was very enthusiastic about being involved with.

Finishing touchs by Mike Bradley of Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner
The finished lock as made by Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner















GREEN OAK GATES

Green oak gates and posts by Mike Bradley Craftsman WoodturnerAt the start of 2012, Mike took on a challenge which proved to be hard work yet hugely rewarding.  A local business man approached Mike with a design for some gates to go at the end of his drive at his house in Oxford.  The timber he wanted to use had come from an oak tree which had been cut down in his own garden some 10 years earlier.  Mike, never one to back down from a challenge, set to work and produced these stunning gates and posts which have been fitted with electronic hinges.

The finished gates in Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner's workshop
The oak in its pre-machined form in Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner's yard




















CORYNDON TABLE BASES

Teak table bases






















Coryndon Cabinet Makers are a leading designer cabinet making and antique restoration firm based in Marlborough, Wiltshire.  These table bases were turned by Mike in October 2012 for Coryndon.  They are made from teak which proved to be a challenge for Mike due to it's oil content and tight grain.  These characteristics, however, make it ideal for outdoor furniture which is what these bases will be used for!  A pawn chess piece ha been used to give an idea of the size of each base!!

Teak table base
Teak table base



Teak table bases























































INDIVIDUAL GREEN OAK TABLE BASE

















This green oak table base was turned from a solid tree trunk as a one off for a customer in Reading who wanted something unique for her new kitchen!  As the base ages and dries out, cracks and splits will appear naturally to add character to this stunning piece.






































FARINGDON ALL SAINTS CHURCH CANDLESTICK HOLDER

Oak and stainless steel candle stick holder. Designed by Adam Bradley and made by Mike Bradley Craftsman WoodturnerClose up view of the candlestick holder as made by Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner


















This candlestick holder was designed by Adam with the original concept coming from Jeni SummerfieldThe flowing lines of the oak and the contrast of the stainless steel work really well together and this is a project that Adam is very proud to have been asked to be a part of.

Oak and stainless steel candlestick holder as made by Mike Bradley Craftsman Woodturner
































THE WISH LIST PROJECT













Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark, the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) have invited ten design legends along with ten emerging talents, to design and make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.  The table - made from Tulip was cross laminated and turned in 3 sections.  Mike was the only turner in the country brave and experienced enough to stand in front of it!  The final piece is on display at the V&A Museum in London.  Designed by Barnby&Day for Alex De Rijke.