My Favorite Englishman And Afternoon Tea

I had to take a moment this afternoon and write about an amazing man that I know:  His name is Michael Brown, and he is one of my clients, one of my makers. He is an Englishman, and, every afternoon, he takes a spot of tea.  today, I had the privilege of having him as my guest for a spot of tea. I was quite excited to have him over to see my little country home and to spend some time with him. my daughter, Emmalyn, was thrilled with the idea of having a tea party herself.

Michael is not only an Englishman, he is also an amazing woodworker. He crafts Windsor chairs by hand with so much love. Each one is crafted with old-fashioned wood-working tools and lots of grit. Take a look at some of his amazing craftsmanship here; oh, and be sure to have a rag handy to catch the drool!

I've been Michael's branding and design guru for the last year,  His chairs, and commissioned work, are to die for. I've had the privilege of staring at the amazing curves and ogling his beautifully handcrafted pieces all day.  Needless to say, he is a wonderful maker, and I have been so blessed to be his friend and designer. Last year, we took a trip to his amazing home and studio.

Before Michael came to visit today, I asked him if he had an old chair somewhere in his workshop that he might be willing to part with. (I knew that he made quite a few prototypes before he settled on the form he now uses the most.)

I've been dealing with an aching back from working such late nights, and, even though I see a chiropractor weekly, I was fed up with my older, $15 dollar office chair (thank you, Durham Rescue Mission - yes, I love thrift store shopping, and no, I am not ashamed!) Anyway, I told Michael to let me know the cost, but I was SO not expecting the blessing that he blindsided me with!

Can you believe he blessed me with the most beautiful Windsor office chair you have ever seen. And guess what this chair has given me some much needed back relief.

I am so stinking blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing people.

I will forever be greatful for my amazing gift and by Michael Brown's friendship.

About The Author

Heather Bunker works with makers and artisan entrepreneurs who want to build a professional and profitable brand. She provides brand strategy, design, and marketing services along with a friendly disposition and a bit of encouragement. She has been a designer and art lover for over 15 years and is an active member of the AIGA, the professional association for design. "Heather’s design trademark is her unique perspective and originality. For clients she delivers designs that capture both a unique brand image and the audience's attention. Spunky, bright, creative, and her blog is a joy to read." You can learn more about how her services can help grow your business by subscribing or connecting on Instagram.