CV and testimonials from customers. David Bartram Furniture


David Bartram - Specialist Woodworker

1981 - present Ongoing creative projects for David Bartram Furniture - creators, conservators, craftsmen.

2011 Bought all the contents of Linford Joinery in Lichfield to expand workshop capacity.

2009 Moved into purpose built workshops at Heckingham, Norfolk

1997 Appointed Regional Furniture Conservator and Specialist Joiner for the National Trust, (East of England). This contract is ongoing and involves the advice and care of 13 historic properties including interior fitments.

1990 Moved into the Raveningham craft centre, Norfolk.

1985-1989 part time lecturer at Norwich City College, teaching cabinet making.

1984 Attained Advanced Craft City and Guilds in wood machining.

1981 Started David Bartram Furniture. Cabinet makers and conservators.

1980-1981 Attended West Dean College in West Sussex. West Dean is the UKs Premier conservation college

1979-1980 Norwich City College to study Cabinet Making. Awarded Best Student of the Year Award.

Member of the Suffolk Crafts Society.

Associate Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON).

Member of Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).


“When I want an expert opinion, need a creative solution or expect high standards I only make one call - David Bartram.”

Jan Brooks-Bullen
House Manager, Blickling Hall

“We are delighted with our beautiful local ash kitchen. I cannot praise enough the expertise in making, problem solving and the finished result. The craftspeople were polite, very thoughtful, tidy and hard working.”

Jane Miller, Customer

“Wonderful work, cathedral standard.”

Arthur Paxton, Architecht
Whitworth Co Partnership

“He brings me beautiful things.”

Michael Barclay
Hanworth Hall

“I have benefitted from David Bartram’s skill and knowledge since 2008, from which time he has surveyed and cared for the furniture in our collection with the highest standard of craftsmanship and expertise.” 

Caroline Harding
Curator, Britten-Pears Foundation

“David Bartram Furniture came to our rescue during a very challenging project with near impossible time lines. It was not in the usual line of business for DBF, but they responded with enthusiasm, personal commitment and above all else an exceedingly high level of quality.

The requirement was to assist with the fit out of a seagoing survey vessel that had already been assigned a sailing date and the DBF team pulled out all the stops to provide bespoke furnishings for the public spaces which not only fit perfectly within the environment but are substantially better than any equivalent we have seen in the industry. A credit to their ingenuity, integrity and “can do” attitude whilst utilising the very best materials puts them at the very top of our supplier protocols. Everything we required was designed, built, delivered and installed ahead of programme and under budget.

We will be using them on all our projects.”

Lynne Atkin
Managing Director, George Johannes Ltd