Jim Sharples Furniture
About Jim Sharples
CopyrightI grew up in the Cumbrian coastal village of Rampside, close to the town of Barrow-in-Furness. After enjoying woodwork and winning a local competition in furniture design at school in Barrow, I went to Salford University to study Analytical Chemistry in the mid nineties.

I rekindled my interest in furniture making by studying the Handcrafted Furniture City and Guilds course at The City of Bristol College when I moved here in 2000.

Following this I worked in the industry learning larger scale production skills. During this time I set up my first workshop space in Montpelier (Bristol) using a friend's garage.

With the help of the New Entrepreneur Award Scheme (at the BRAVE agency in St Paul's) I joined an intensive 3-month development program, where I learned the strategies needed to succeed in business.
CopyrightWithin a year I outgrew the small workshop in Montpelier and at the beginning of 2006 moved to larger premises in the Portbury area and then in a shared space in Backwell, I was here until 2016.

My wife Jo and I took on the rent of a large farm barn in 2016 and we have kitted it out to make it one of the best shared woodworking spaces in the area.


When not in the workshop I spend as much time as possible with my family. Here we are out on a spring walk - Jo, Lewis, Rudy and myself.