The way we work
At Orpago we strongly believe in the heritage of British craftsmanship. We combine modern methods with traditional techniques in all of our work. We source mostly home grown timbers, sometimes European or American; selected individually for each and every project. We pride ourselves in taking all the time needed to create beautiful, timeless, handcrafted furniture.
Everything is made by hand either at our Devon workshop or at the workshop of Sittingfirm chairmakers, before being handfinished, delivered and assembled in your home by our dedicated team. We will only use timber that comes from ethical sources and work closely with organisations such as Grown in Britain, to ensure a sustainable future for all of our woodlands.
Tom Dorich - Having had a passion for carpentry from a young age, Tom left his career in marketing to pursue his desire for working with wood. Tom spent a number years working for a well established furniture maker where he mastered his craft, before setting up Orpago with his wife Caroline in 2011. His designs draw influence from classic English and French vernacular furniture.
John Luff - With a background in Aeronautical Engineering and Organic farming, John trained with renowned Devon fine furniture maker Chris Faulkner in 2009/10. He established and ran his own business designing and making bespoke furniture commissions as well as an award winning collection of made to order seating, before coming to work for Orpago in 2014. His designs draw influence from traditional American Shaker and Scandinavian modern furniture.
You will find in our workshop various works in progress, be they bespoke commissions or handmade dining room tables or handmade dining chairs from our collections. There is usually a finished piece either waiting to be delivered or with its last coat of oil drying.
We welcome visits from potential clients so that they can discuss the commissions they have in mind, get a picture of exactly what it is we do, have a look at various timbers in their raw form and view the finished pieces that are in the workshop at the time.