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Welcome to Bayan Smith Furniture and Woodcraft

Hand-crafted Heirloom Pieces

Bayan Smith designs and makes bespoke furniture and other wooden pieces from his workshop in County Donegal, Ireland. Bayan works mainly to commission, however he also crafts certain smaller items for shops and fairs. Pleasing designs, premium materials, and a careful blend of modern and traditional techniques are used to ensure that future generations will enjoy each piece as much as the present one.

 

Services

Everything I build is made with the finest craftsmanship and the best materials available. Below you’ll find a few examples of previous work. This is not a full list of work, but rather just a small sample to give you a sense of what can be done. Please get in touch and we can create whatever it is you want from bedroom to garden furniture, children's playhouses and climbing frames, statement dining tables to office and reception desks. Whatever you do order, you’ll receive an item of the highest quality piece that is made to last.
Schedule a consultation with me today.

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Bespoke

A bespoke service is the opportunity to commission a craftsman and collaborate to create heirloom pieces built to your specifications. Anything is possible, from a fine display cabinet for your tableware to a treehouse for the children, a live edge table to make a statement, or a simple, elegant coffee table, and everything in between.  
Consultation is always the first step, and together we will define your exact needs and hopes for the piece. When we agree on a timescale, design, and budget I will begin making your piece. If you wish, you can remain involved throughout the process with photos and visits to the workshop to see it take shape.

Limited

I also produce limited-edition batches of certain items that are available from my online shop or through visiting my workshop. Products available here will change constantly, but generally they will be smaller pieces such as chopping boards, coffee tables, stools, candle holders, and other similar works.

 

Selected Work

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Oak Writing Desk and Bench

Oak Writing Desk and Bench

Solid oak wiritng desk with 3 drawers and matching bench

Oka Writing Desk

Oka Writing Desk

Drawers open from both sides.

Dovetailed Drawers

Dovetailed Drawers

Drawers are made from solid oak and dovetailed for strength and subtle, timeless beauty.

Oak Writing Desk

Oak Writing Desk

River Table

River Table

Glass runs through the middle like are blue river. The squares you see are coasters made from the same material as the table.

River Table

River Table

Boardroom Table in Ash

Leg Detail

Leg Detail

Sliderobes

Sliderobes

Custom cabinets and fitted wardrobes.

Coffee Table set

Coffee Table set

A set of 4 coffee elegant tables made in solid wood with complex leg joints and carved details.

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

Solid Sapele coffee table

Table Top Detail

Table Top Detail

Shimmering grain

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Textured Leg

Textured Leg

Hand-carved texture on this solid wood leg

Ash Chair

Ash Chair

Custom made chair of high quality ash wood, using steam bending techniques.

Timber used for the Ash chair pictured here while it air drys.

Timber used for the Ash chair pictured here while it air drys.

I always choose the highest quality wood, from local suppliers when possible.

Ash Chair

Ash Chair

Another look at this unique custom design chair. Modern shapes blend in with antique flair. A statement piece of furniture for your home.

Tree House

Tree House

A beautiful playhouse that blends in with nature. A perfect place for your little ones to play and explore.

Wall Unit

Wall Unit

Storage solution above bed

Red Oak Shelf

Red Oak Shelf

Simple and elegant shelving for all your favourite decorative items in your home.

Red Oak Shelf

Red Oak Shelf

Unique custom shelving made of fine wood

Shelf corner detail

Shelf corner detail

A fine example of attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship.

Shelf detail

Shelf detail

Elegant curves and perfect joinery.

Double-decker bus conversion

Double-decker bus conversion

I enjoyed bringing in a taste of fine furniture into this classic double-decker bus conversion.

Oak Burr side table

Oak Burr side table

An excellent example of blending organic shapes with modern lines. I like to showcase the natural beauty of the high quality woods I choose to craft with.

Oak Burr side table, hand turned oak legs

Oak Burr side table, hand turned oak legs

Beautiful hard oak wood. I love the art of letting the natural beauty of wood shine while creating unique heirloom furniture.

Oak Burr side table 2 with hand turned oak legs

Oak Burr side table 2 with hand turned oak legs

Organic wood shapes perfectly married to modern hand turned legs. An excellent statement side table.

Dovetailed drawer detail

Dovetailed drawer detail

I take extra care to assure study, functional, and beautifully seamed joinery.

Handle,  made in-house from ash

Handle, made in-house from ash

Attention to every detail.

Chess Board

Chess Board

Beautifully handcrafted statement piece.

Chess Board

Chess Board

Edge Detail

Chess Board

Chess Board

Close up of the faultless seams in this handcrafted wooden chessboard.

Chess Board

Chess Board

Oak Chest

Oak Chest

Open

Oak Chest

Oak Chest

Top reinforced with butterfly keys

Oak Chest

Oak Chest

Front view, closed

Oak Chest

Oak Chest

Lid Detail

Protective Screen

Protective Screen

For essential business during Covid

Coat Rack - used with removable hooks

Coat Rack - used with removable hooks

Oak Nest of Table detail

Oak Nest of Table detail

Through-tennon detail on oak table

Through-tennon detail on oak table

Oak Nest of Tables

Oak Nest of Tables

Nesting side tables of high quality oak wood.

Games Table -Chess and Backgamon

Games Table -Chess and Backgamon

Custom heirloom furniture. Bespoke pieces.

Games Table detail, brass hardware and solid cherry wood

Games Table detail, brass hardware and solid cherry wood

Ebony, suede and cherry. Games Table detail

Ebony, suede and cherry. Games Table detail

High quality locally sourced wood.

Games Table leg stretcher.Hand turned from cherry

Games Table leg stretcher.Hand turned from cherry

Woodturning, a craft.

Cedar Bowl

Cedar Bowl

Silver Birch bowls

Silver Birch bowls

Woodturning, a craft highlighting the unique grain of wood while creating shape, form, and function.

Double rail with pull down handle for extra hanging space

Double rail with pull down handle for extra hanging space

Oak Jewelery Box

Oak Jewelery Box

Memorial Bench

Memorial Bench

The back swings back and forth so you can sit on it from either side. Unique outdoor furniture.

Boardroom Table detail

Boardroom Table detail

Pop up sockets, aux, hdmi and other connectivity ports.

Boardroom Table detail

Boardroom Table detail

Oak plugs and carved ash stretcher

Walnut and Maple Necklace

Walnut and Maple Necklace

Beech Plank

Beech Plank

I always choose the highest quality wood I can find.

Iroko Garden Gate

Iroko Garden Gate

Solid Oak Dressing Table with Drawers

Solid Oak Dressing Table with Drawers

Custom made bedroom furniture

 
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"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

— Aristotle

"Craftsmanship is a book among the books of divine sciences, and a treasure among the treasures of His heavenly wisdom."
— Bahá’u’lláh

"Without Craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."

— Johannes Brahms

"Nothing should be made by man's labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers."

— William Morris

 

Contact

For any inquiries or orders please get in touch with me today.

For those of you with a little more local knowledge, our workshop is based at the old Argony Pipe Pub on the main road between Killea and Newtown Cunningham. If you're approaching from Newtown, we are on the right-hand side just after the turn off for St Johnston.

For those relying on google maps, use the eircode only and it will bring you right to the front door.

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Bio

Despite having always loved to work with my hands, I would never have described myself as creative. It took a failed attempt at civil engineering for me to realise that craftsmanship is my calling because it marries my two passions – designing and making. Of all the crafts, I was drawn to fine furniture making and woodwork because I knew that here, function and form are harmonised, not placed in competition. Additionally, wood has a special quality and is a joy to work with.

 

Following a period of training in coastal Cornwall, experience with other designer-makers, and running my own workshop in Manchester, I now work from my home and workshop in Donegal, Ireland. You'll find me in my workshop between the two villages of Killea and Newtown Cunningham in what used to the old Argony Pipe Pub.  If the car is in the drive you'll know I'm around, feel free to call in!

 
 
 
Shelf corner detail

A fine example of attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship.