Millions watch footage of Dales furniture maker at work

Tom Addison.

A Wensleydale furniture maker has gone viral after millions of people around the world watched him at work.

Footage of Tom Addison making wooden and silk boxes inspired by the wonders of the dark skies at his workshop near Askrigg has received 2.8 million views on Instagram while also attracting more than 56,000 ‘likes’ on his Instagram platform.

The number of online followers he has got since launching in August 2021 has gone into orbit after he shared clips of himself showcasing his carpentry and chiselling skills.

His work is regularly seen by more than 30,000 online followers in the USA, Asia and Europe.

For the popular Buckden box, Tom took inspiration from the night sky and some of the heavenly events he can see from his Wensleydale home on a clear night.

He has collaborated on the keep safe box with textile designer Rachel Stirr of Bernie & Blue.

The luxury handcrafted boxes feature a shooting star design on the lid. The silk interior is inspired by the aurora borealis and some of the natural forms, textures and patterns that can be seen from outer space along with polished solid brass fittings.

Tom, a father-of-two and a former English fell running champion, said it was crazy to think how many people had viewed him at work in his humble workshop.

Another video of him hand planing the curved surface on the pedestals of a one-of-a-kind dining table with benches has been viewed by 3.8 million people and had 45,000 likes.

The table has been delivered to a client who lives in central London.

He said commissioning bespoke handcrafted furniture can be expensive and he wanted to share videos of the intricate working processes that goes into creating unique pieces that have also been inspired by the landscape surrounding his home.

”It is great to know that people worldwide enjoy watching these traditional methods in practice,” said Tom, who learnt his trade at the prestigious Peter Hall & Sons workshop in the Lake District village of Staveley.

”I am so fortunate to live and work in the Dales. I think most natural and manmade landscapes can inspire fresh contemporary pieces of furniture.

“It is a pleasure to work with customers to bring in recognisable features into their very own pieces such as the Ribblesdale Desk and the Barbican Dining Table. It brings so much joy and memories to my clients which means a huge amount to me as a furniture designer and maker.”

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The Yorkshire Dales National Parks’ Fringe Dark Skies Festival runs 21-30 October 2022.