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Made By Hand

All furniture and wood carvings crafted at Burnside of Ballintomb’s, Clova workshop, are produced with the very minimum aid of modern machinery, where each joint is individually hand cut and fitted, and sanding, finishing and polishing, carried out entirely by hand.

Burnside of Ballintomb work with individually selected, solid native hardwoods, with aromatic cedar of Lebanon being used to form drawer bottoms and cabinet backs. Chests and blanket boxes are also lined with this rare and special wood.

Wood carvings produced by Julian Schmechel adorn homes throughout the world, and might range through native British wildlife, Celtic and Pictish designs, clan crests and coats of arms. Each piece of bespoke furniture hand crafted by Julian, is as unique as the wood from which it sprang, and being entirely hand made, is completely individual.


Being located between the rivers Spey, Don, Deveron and Dee, Julian also specialises in the hand carving of trophy salmon and sea trout, and numbers amongst such commissions, a carving of the heaviest fly caught salmon ever landed in the U.K. This leviathan weighed 61 lbs, and came from the River Deveron in 1924.


Trophy shields are also carved at Burnside of Ballintomb, and in particular, one which is awarded every year, to the best working pointer bitch, at the world famous Crufts dog show!


Based in Grampian since 1988, Julian Schmechel is a fourth generation craftsman, producing by hand…..MORE


We have a small selection of images of work undertaken over the years, here you can see an array of pieces…..MORE


Julian is happy to discuss any commission a client may desire, and where necessary, will produce detailed…..MORE


Visit Burnside of Ballintomb’s, Clova showroom, and view our wide range of finished furniture and wood…..MORE

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