Hugh’s furniture is fit for the Queen!

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sign a photo while sitting at a table produced by Todmorden craftsman Hugh Stansfield during a Diamond Jubilee tour visit to Burnley College
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sign a photo while sitting at a table produced by Todmorden craftsman Hugh Stansfield during a Diamond Jubilee tour visit to Burnley College

A CRAFTSMAN had a day to remember when one of his pieces of furniture was used by the Royal Family.

Hugh Stansfield, of Todmorden, made a table at which the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sat during a visit to Burnley College last week.

The Royal visitors signed a photo while sitting at the table produced by Hugh, a furniture lecturer and former student of the college.

“I met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and we shook hands,” Hugh said. “It was nice.

“The Duke asked about the design. He particularly recognised the chair as a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design.

“In some ways it looks quite a plain table but there’s an awful lot of work in the legs and the corners.

“It was rather complicated. I had to make a lot of jigs to be able to hold the pieces of machinery before I did the work.

“It had a few of the teachers here scratching their heads at the time.”

Hugh, who began lecturing last summer, started work on his table while studying at an evening class.

“I have always been interested in making things,” he said.

“I really wanted to learn how to make nice pieces of bespoke furniture.

“I’m doing the teaching because I feel I’m contributing something.

“I will carry on teaching and trying to pass on my skills and knowledge.”

The table was designed by an Australian craftsman and produced by Hugh.

Several of Hugh’s pieces of furniture are on display around Todmorden.

He made a lectern for Roomfield Baptist Church and designed and produced the new font at St Mary’s Church.

Some of his work has won awards at the annual furniture show at Towneley Hall.