Dan’s surname, McLaughlin (Pronounced: Mac-lock-lin) originates from across the Celtic Sea in Ireland, however Dan was born and raised in Hertfordshire. It was here that he started to develop his passion for wood, working at a local timber yard on Saturdays and during the summer holidays. After finishing college, Dan worked with a local joiner before the family relocated to Cumbria.

Once settled in Cumbria, Dan undertook a five year traditional apprenticeship with one of the finest bespoke kitchen and furniture making companies in Cumbria. Dan’s training focused on the production of freestanding pieces of furniture such as: dining tables, dressers and sideboards. He also began to accumulate woodworking tools and machinery with ambitions of one day setting up his own bespoke furniture company.

Whilst continuing his training in Cumbria, Dan frequently took holidays in Cornwall with friends and family, enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery and relaxed pace of life. After completing his training as a Furniture Maker, Dan decided that he wanted to live in Cornwall and so in 2008 he moved down and established McLaughlin Furniture.

Cornwall design award for bespoke handmade furniture maker Dan

Dan began to design and produce bespoke handmade furniture for local clients, initially working from a double garage in Crantock. However within 2 years Dan had outgrown this space and he moved into his current workshop in St Columb Major, enabling him to undertake larger commissions.

A large and unusual commission came along in 2011, when Dan was asked to design and build a reconstruction of a Medieval Garden at Pengersick Castle, Praa Sands, Cornwall. This involved many hours of research and design work, followed by months of production in the workshop and finally assembly and fitting on site. The project was completed in 2012 and in 2013 Dan received the Cornish Distinctiveness Design Award for his work on the Medieval Garden Reconstruction. He was presented with the award by Kirstie Newton, editor of Cornwall Today. (See article about the Medieval Garden by Liz Norbury)

Dan has now been designing and building bespoke furniture for 20 years. To read more about Dan’s furniture please follow one of the following links: