I began my apprenticeship as a cabinet maker at what was then the West of Scotland cabinet works in Beith. However, it was always known as Balfour’s. Most of the cabinet works in Beith made dining room and bedroom furniture and it is often said that it was a great shame that they didn’t get together and make furniture that was different from one another, rather than compete. Stevenson and Higgins were renowned for kitchen type chairs and as early… Read More

          The furniture manufacturer, Avalon a¬†British company based in the town of Yatton, Somerset also made furniture under the names of Wake & Dean and Yatton Furniture.   ‘In the olden days most of the inhabitants of Yatton would have been employed in agriculture. At the time of the Industrial Revolution a furniture factory was established, initially manufacturing church pews and school desks. The successor to this company, Avalon furniture, closed in 1985, throwing many people… Read More