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Dorset Art Weeks

Come and visit our Dorset Workshop as part of Dorset Art Weeks 2022: VENUE 222

Saturday 14 MAY – Sunday 29 MAY 2022

Dorset Art Weeks is one of the UK’s largest open studio events. Working with artists and arts venues across Dorset, Online & Studio visits.

Alex and Mark will be onsite at our Dorset workshop working on live projects with plenty of nature led, character filled pieces of furniture on display and for sale.

We’re looking forward to exhibiting alongside wonderful artists and makers for this year’s event. We hope you enjoy the breathtaking talent Dorset has to offer!

Alex will be onsite 10am-5pm: May 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 27 / 28.  Alternatively please give Alex a call on 07949 026303.

We’ll be using our social media channels to keep our audience and customers up to date with the event – follow us on Instagram & Facebook.

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The 2022 Dorset Art Weeks App is available to download (look for Dorset Art Weeks on Google Play and the App Store). Use it alongside the Directory and information on their website to navigate to venues, plan a visit list and find nearby venues, as well as look up full venue details. DOWNLOAD THE APP: here

Dorset Coast Connections

A project we worked on with our brother company Ed Brooks Furniture in collaboration with Emma Molony Printmaker.

Ed Brooks Furniture and Emma collaborated on a gateway to celebrate local heritage. Depicted are one of the many Danish raids on Charmouth during the Saxon period.  Alex measured how high to install the boats so they appear for walkers, to sit on the sea.

Dorset Coast Connections – people and places film launched this week showcasing 18 projects connecting communities with our spectacular coastal region by improving physical, digital and emotional interactions with the Dorset Coast. The projects are located along the coast ranging from Lyme Regis to Christchurch with an aim of improving physical, digital and emotional interactions by improving public places we use and cherish to make more attractive, functional and providing a sense of place with artistic interventions to enhance these special coastal places.

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded £5.6m Coastal Community Funding (CCF) in May 2017 following a successful partnership portfolio bid to deliver this collaborative approach of projects, and was coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. Together with match funding from many partner organisations, the portfolio has invested £18.5million to connect our urban and rural coastal areas, working with communities to promote and sell the Dorset coast .

The project was driven by 4 key themes:

  • Sustaining and developing the tourism economy
  • Having thriving and dynamic coastal and maritime businesses to encourage economic growth
  • Connecting the urban, rural and coastal communities across the Dorset coast
  • Conserving, enhancing and promoting Dorset’s special natural and cultural assets

Most of the projects were completed by December 2019 with the final few due to be completed by Summer 2021. Watch the video via the button below.

Alex Brooks Furniture in Dansell Gallery Dorset
Alex Brooks Furniture in Dansell Gallery Dorset

Find a stockist…


There is no substitute for seeing the intrinsic natural beauty of the wood up close and in person, and experiencing the tactility of the pieces with your own hands.

If you would like to take a closer look at my furniture before buying, simply visit the following retail spaces or arrange a private viewing at the Alex Brooks Furniture workshop.

Aria – London: Stocks an eclectic range of contemporary home furnishings, lifestyle accessories and fashion as well as hand-selected vintage pieces and special collaborations with independent designers.

Brogan Buzec Lifestyle – Seaton:  Lifestyle | Clothing | Home Decor | Interiors (Shown top right)

Dansel Gallery – Abbotsbury:  Selling contemporary, handmade interiors in wood (Shown bottom right)

Ryder & Hope – Lyme Regis:  Thoughtfully curated, design-led wares to inspire everyday living

Cocoon – Honiton (Shown below)

Herringbone – Charmouth: Supports artisans and makers in the local area by providing an outlet to showcase and sell their work

I am also in talks with other shops, some further afield, so watch this space!

Cocoon Honiton Alex Brooks Furniture

Alex Brooks Furniture in Dansell Gallery Dorset

Trend Alert!

Great to see our Charred Cedar of Lebanon mirror showcased front and centre of the Trend Alert feature within KBB Magazine.

The local and weathered Cedar of Lebanon wood I have used to create this mirror frame is organic in shape, rather than straight cut – with these features enhanced by the charred finish.

The light and stable timber makes this wood the perfect material for a large mirror frame = 1.4m by 1.2 m

Alternative sizes available in retail spaces and via commission.

Devon Portrait


A really nice ‘Devon Portrait’ feature in the March issue of Devon Life Magazine, courtesy of Matt Austin Images.

Furniture maker Alex Brooks, who lives in Seaton, East Devon, loves to create beautiful designs from raw, wind-fallen timber. Alex has been working as a furniture maker professionally for more than 16 years…


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Dorset Art Weeks

Come and visit our Dorset Workshop as part of Dorset Art Weeks 2021: VENUE 88

Saturday 22 MAY – Sunday 6 JUNE 2021

This year, to make the event more flexible and safe for artists and visitors, all the opening days and times will be featured digitally both on the DAW website and in their new app, which you can download here.  Alternatively please give Alex a call on 07949 026303.

We’re looking forward to exhibiting alongside wonderful artists and makers for this year’s event! We hope you enjoy the breathtaking talent Dorset has to offer!

Use social media to keep informed, connected and inspired: Follow DAW on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


Dorset Art Weeks online auction


***The Penn table has now been relisted for auction – to place your bid CLICK HERE***


Following the cancellation of this year’s Dorset Art Weeks (the UK’s largest free arts festival) over 80 artists present their works in an online auction open from 7 -19 July.

Featuring over 200 items, covering: paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, mixed media, furniture and stoneware.

Alex Brooks Furniture is proud to be a part of this event and line up – follow the auction event to view and bid on furniture pieces from across my collections as well as a number of items from fellow artists.

The auction will be held in conjunction with The Auction Hub and Dorset Visual Arts.

The Auction Hub – founded in 2019 by James Harvey with online technology by Auctionet – was a sponsor of Dorset Art Weeks 2020 and James hit upon the idea of an online auction to take the place of the festival and provide a sales platform for artists’ specially created works. Commenting on the auction initiative James said, ’Dorset Art Weeks is a key, high profile event in the Summer calendar, with artists preparing up to two years in advance. We are delighted to present this online auction, showcasing the incredible talent from the county, to local, national and international audiences. The sheer range of items on offer will attract and delight many bidders and buyers during these exceptional times’.

Many works in the auction take their inspiration from the countryside and coastlines to be found across the vast expanses of Dorset. Whereas other artists bring their experience of working and living outside the county and the UK to their works created in Dorset.

The online auction…

  • Will take place on
  • Bidding will take place on the site from 7 July 2020
  • Bids can be placed up until 19 July 2020
  • Bidders will see the latest and highest bid against each work before placing their own bid
  • Successful buyers can collect directly from The Auction Hub, Westbury, or will be able to request a shipping quote directly from The Auction Hub’s logistics department
  • One single online payment can be made for this service together with auction purchases

Bid on my furniture…



Exhibiting: September 2019

Sitting Spiritually have kindly invited us back to their glorious garden for the last of their Open Garden events this year.

Do come along and see a mix of both indoor and outdoor furniture from Alex Brooks Furniture and Ed Brooks Furniture, along with Sitting Spiritually’s bespoke garden swing seats and benches.

I will have exclusive purchase offers available for commissions placed at the event as well as for those pieces available to buy direct from the show. Visit me in the Summer House and in the garden to chat through the offers and to find out more about Alex Brooks Furniture.

The next Open Weekend is…..

  • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019
  • 10am to 5pm on both days
  • Parking is available at the venue
  • Entry is free & there will be free refreshments served, but donations if desired to
    ARC, a local charity

See you there – in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

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How did it go? Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

The Bovey Tracey craft festival was an incredible event to be a part of. The standard of the artists and craftspeople was very high and this was made clear by the number of people entering the event over the long weekend.

By the end of the weekend, I had talked to hundreds of people, given away nearly all of my business postcards and sold all pieces on the stand, with commissions to prepare afterwards. It was exhausting but brilliant!

It further impressed on me the significance of getting my pieces in front of people for them to see and touch; therefore I will be exhibiting at other shows soon, as well as having more pieces in retail spaces.


Chopping Board Care


Caring for your oak chopping board/platter from Alex Brooks Furniture:

  • Use it and enjoy it!
  • Oak/Chestnut have tannins which give the wood it’s colour, these will wash out over a few washes. Tannins can stain material.
  • A food safe oil has been applied.
  • Wash by hand or dishwasher. Small splits and warping may occur.
  • Mild steel such as tin cans will stain oak black, avoid. If you find a black mark, this can be sanded out.


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Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

I am pleased to announce that I will be part of ‘Craft Festival’ this year.

The highly acclaimed and multi award-winning festival will take place in Bovey Tracey from 7th-9th June.

Come along and meet over 200 of the finest Makers selling their work.  There will also be live music and feasting – amongst many other activities and entertainment!

I will have exclusive purchase offers available for commissions placed at the event as well as for those pieces available to buy direct from my stand.  Visit me on Stand D1 to chat through the offers and to find out more about Alex Brooks Furniture.


Alex Brooks Furniture Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

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Chelsea Flower Show - 2019

This charred ‘Ray Table’ from my Trunk Table collection, is making its debut appearance at Chelsea Flower Show this week!  21 – 25 May 2019.

Adrian Gray, The Pioneer of Stonebalancing Art, commissioned me to supply an organic style seat to compliment his organic garden, complete with ginormous stone balanced sculptures, at Chelsea Flower Show

Visitors can sit on my seat to get photos under the teetering rocks! 

Seek out Adrian Gray Stonebalancing on stand PW 605 and see if you can spot ‘Ray’ whilst also admiring Adrian’s stone balancing skills.

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Exhibiting: Sitting Spiritually Open Garden - 2019

Come and see a mix of both indoor and outdoor furniture from the Brooks Brothers at the upcoming Sitting Spiritually Open Garden event.

I will be exhibiting newly released pieces such as a new lamp design and many unique tables, along with pieces from the block collections. And on the lawn, we will have outdoor furniture and garden gates from Ed Brooks Furniture.

We will have furniture available to purchase at the event and we’ll also be taking orders for commissions and bespoke designs.

Please do come and see us and our indoor and outdoor furniture collections, in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

Parking is available at the venue.

The next event is on:  Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019

The first event has now closed: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019

10am to 5pm all days

Sitting Spiritually logo

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Devon Life Magazine


I’m really proud to be featured in the January issue of Devon Life – a fantastic magazine that frequently showcases local artisan crafts and talents.

Have a read of their feature piece on Alex Brooks Furniture.  My furniture is top of their shopping list!


Alex Brooks Furniture combines beautiful wood with stunning designs and careful finishings… what’s not to like?


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Present Makers 2018


I am thrilled to have been selected to exhibit my handmade contemporary furniture at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, as part of their Present Makers Exhibition – 10 November 2018 to 22 December 2018.

A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2018 celebrates the talent of contemporary craftspeople and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live.

The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others: glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale…Read More

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) is an award-winning public art gallery hosting an acclaimed programme of contemporary art & craft exhibitions, alongside a permanent collection of artist Thelma Hulbert’s work.


How was it? Pop-Up Event...

The September pop-up event, in my hometown of Seaton, was a wonderful success. It allowed me to interact with both old and new clients and talk through the processes and detail of my pieces – gaining lots of positive feedback.

It also allowed me to meet other artists and makers and to reflect on our skill.

I made many new friends and contacts, and as you can see I am now expanding into other outlets, near and further afield.

A massive thank you to Affar who were so kind to host the pop-up for me, Hilary Arnold (painter) and Anja Graefe (potter)

Pop-Up Event

The Pop-Up Event will allow you to view my entire range of pieces, many of which have not been seen before.

When & Where?

Affar, 4 Cross Street, Seaton, Devon. EX12 2LH (

Tuesday 11th September – Sunday 23rd September 9am until 7pm (every day)

Who is the Pop-Up Event for?

Whether you want to buy a piece for your own home, require multiples for retail or would like to commission furniture for commercial space then the Pop-Up Event is a great place to start.  You will have the opportunity to see and feel the furniture as well as discuss your plans and requirements face to face with me, an experienced designer and maker.

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How did it go? Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Events


These were glorious events held in the wonderful show garden of Martin and Celia Young, owners of Sitting Spiritually.

I spent each event weekend based in the Summer House, exhibiting handcrafted solid wood furniture from my portfolio.

It was a great success and influenced me to show my pieces at my own pop-up event, as detailed above.

Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends

Both Alex Brooks Furniture and Ed Brooks Furniture are exhibiting at the three Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends this Spring and Summer.

The next, and last event is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, so please do come and see us and our indoor and outdoor furniture collections, in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

We will have furniture available to purchase at the event and we’ll also be taking orders for commissions and bespoke designs.

Parking is available at the venue.

Also exhibiting with us will be:

Adrian Gray Stone Balancing

Jarmanmurphy Garden Design

Robert James Literary Bronze Sculpture

Marshwood Vale Magazine - People at Work


“Alex is branching out, designing his own interior furniture from the wood he loves so much. Alongside conventional bespoke furniture, Alex strives to capture the beauty of fallen wood, showcasing the end grain detail in his pieces, which are also works of art. Alex uses the sections of a tree that other carpenters often avoid as they are temperamental to work with. But the results are more than worth it”…….cont

Meet The Maker - with Axminster Power Tools


As part of the wider Brooks family furniture story, Alex was asked to appear in a video for Axminster Power Tools, and we think it is a real success.

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