Edmund & Sedgwick is the culmination of Thomas Sedgwick’s established company, founded in 1989, and Daniel Edmund Guppy who previously worked with Thomas during his work experience in 1999. The recent partnership is the result of Thomas aiming to develop the company for the future, and proposing that Daniel consider becoming a partner. This was achieved in 2016, when Daniel joined the existing small team of experienced craftsmen, including Sam Mann and Clive Staples. David Houghton, previously a qualified college tutor of cabinet making, then joined the company in early 2017.
I have always had a passion for working with wood which was encouraged by my family members, some of whom were joiners and cabinet makers. I started my working life in engineering with Rolls Royce and then with the CEGB as a 1st Engineer. In 1989, the lure to work with wood became too great and with the backing of my wife and family I started up my own business by renting a small workshop at Harpley in Norfolk. In 1992, I bought part of the present premises at Colkirk, where the business grew slowly year by year.
I crossed paths with Daniel in 1999 when he became my first work experience student from the Isle College. This allowed him to spend a fortnight in the workshop gaining experience. Unfortunately, this did not lead to employment as the workshop was too small, although it did keep us in touch with each other. However, Daniel was able to gain employment elsewhere which gave him the valuable experience that he has today.
The original building was later extended to allow me to take on help and take on work experience students from the Isle College in Wisbech, which in turn led to employment.
Clive Staples was employed in 2005, a very experienced cabinetmaker/bespoke joiner, which allowed the business to move forward. Sam Mann joined the team in 2011 to complement the work force. In 2010 I bought the adjoining building, and slowly improved the premises to house the machines. This left the original workshop to house the benches and setting out areas.
Daniel was given the opportunity to join the team as one of the directors of a newly formed company, Edmund & Sedgwick Ltd, with the view to developing the business even further.
This was achieved in 2016.
Daniel Edmund Guppy
I qualified in cabinet making at the Isle College, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, working on levels 1, 2 and 3 in City and Guilds Furniture Restoration, Making and Design. It was prior to and during this period that my skill was recognised, whilst in part-time employment in furniture restoration. Following qualification in 1999, I began my career working in a small furniture making company. After two years, I moved on to a larger and more established cabinet making company, which produces one of the highest standards of furniture making in the country. I gained over 12 years’ experience there through working on the bench and site-fitting nationally and internationally for the highest level of clients (including royalty). During this time, I also developed my interests in motorbiking, playing squash for fun, and competing in Ironman distance triathlons, which provide the perfect balance to my working life.
In 2016, I decided to take the opportunity presented by Thomas and became a partner in the re-named Edmund & Sedgwick. I was inspired by both my paternal and maternal great-grandfathers who were both cabinet makers. Furthermore, my paternal great-grandfather carried the same name, Edmund, which is now included in the company title. For me, cabinet making is not just work but a passion, in which my pursuit for perfection ensures that each individual piece of furniture produced receives the same high level of care and attention.
Having completed my A Levels at the City of Norwich School, I took an Activity Instructors Diploma Course at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn in 2006/2007 followed by living in New Zealand for a year playing and coaching cricket. When I returned home, I developed a love for working with wood and took a 3-year City and Guilds Carpentry and Bench Joinery Diploma Course at Norwich City College, successfully completing levels 1, 2 and 3.
I joined Thomas Sedgwick in 2011 and have enjoyed the work immensely. The experience and tuition from the others in the team have provided me with the skills and confidence to work independently, and to a very high standard of craftsmanship. This ranges from bespoke furniture to the restoration of both small and large items, as well as fitted furniture in situ. I can honestly say that it is a pleasure to work with such dedicated people, and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges my job entails.
My formal training started at Isle College, Wisbech, reaching level 3 in City and Guilds Furniture Restoration, Making and Design. The following years were occupied with a combination of working for a furniture making company and working for myself, designing, making and fitting furniture. In 2011, a slight change of direction happened when I was offered a teaching position at the College of West Anglia. The role was to run furniture making courses. This was a tremendously challenging and rewarding period, culminating in a Gold Medal award for excellence for one of my students.
I worked with Daniel in the early 2000’s and we immediately hit it off, having mutual interests in all things motorbike-related, golf and furniture design. So when Daniel first discussed his opportunity of joining Thomas Sedgwick as a partner and his plans for the future, it all sounded very exciting. I was then very proud and humbled to be asked to join the team. I have known Thomas for a number of years too, and he has been very helpful in the past in letting me bring groups of students to see how a professional workshop functions.