85fathoms. co. uk

Hand crafted excellence

Hand maker of unique and original wooden furniture

About Me


85fathoms was born in 2013 and it brings together elements of an evolving craft and engineering journey that has spanned decades.

Very early formative years helping my father with his boat building and boat repair projects fostered a keen interest within me in crafting, construction  engineering and ultimately the sheer joy of making things. To be able to turn a pile of materials into a crafted functional and artistic form has held my attention for as long as I can remember .

A long career in mechanical engineering coupled with my own boat building and boat restoration projects has paved the way for me to establish the 85fathoms studio,  the home of handmade excellence.

The 85fathoms studio is based in the ropewalk arts and craft centre in Barton upon Humber  North Lincolnshire.  From the studio my aim is to produce solely by hand outstanding pieces of furniture that blend a simple elegant design ethos with sound engineering construction and an artistic rich aesthetic. My use of laminated curves,  contrasting wood types and engineering artistry enable me to break free from the constraints of the more typical woodwork approach    

Whilst some of my pieces carry a common design theme they are all very much individual in nature and the designs can be used to produce more individual pieces to customer requirements.  I also undertake complete bespoke commissions upon request  
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Collections


Natural live edge

Natural live edge pieces all retain natural features within the design.

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Nautical inspired

Nautically inspired, these pieces all have a direct connection to the world of boating.

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Tailored Elegance

A collection with the emphasis very much based on more unusual wood types and finite details

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Trestles

A range of bowed trestle tables large and small

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Everyday Elegance

Beautiful in their simplicity and designed for everyday use

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Stools and Chairs

Simply Elegant in every detail

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Lighting

Elegant bow lamp

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Mirrors

Solid wood mirror frames

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Display Stands

Reed bed display stand. Inspired by the bowing reeds found along the banks of the Humber estuary

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Commissions


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A cornerstone of 85fathoms is the ability and desire to undertake commissions. Commissions can be completely new pieces in design or based on some of my existing work.

Hand making each piece results in fluid design possibilities that can be translated into a truly bespoke piece for the client. To date several commissions have been based on some of my existing designs but altered and developed to suit specific requirements. 

Specific requirements can be things such as different wood choices, dimensional changes, small finishing detail changes. I encourage client involvement throughout the design and making of the piece. In short there is really no standard design.

The photographs above show a commission of a pair of matching bedside tables and lamps. In this case the client really appreciated the 85fathoms simple elegant stool design. Based on this I used the stool design as a starting point and altered the design to become two stunning elegant bedside tables. The lamps remained faithfull to the original bow lamp design but with the use of walnut as a contrasting wood type which matched the walnut used for the table tops. All in all this produced a stunning and completely bespoke set of furniture

Trees grow slowly and quietly. I like to work the wood they eventually yield in the same way

Darren Langton - 85fathoms

Items currently available from the studio


Live edge character oak table

Live edge character oak table

Live edge character oak table with legs in sapele and double butterfly key detail

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Mini Trestle

Mini Trestle

Mini trestle table in European cherry and sapele

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Bow lamp - SOLD

Bow lamp - SOLD

Elegant bow lamp in Ash and sapele

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Simple elegant stool

Simple elegant stool

Simple elegant 4 legged stool in elm and ash

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Mirror Frame

Mirror Frame

Solid oak mirror Frame

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Tailored elegant table in weathered oak - SOLD

Tailored elegant table in weathered oak - SOLD

A stunning elegant 3 legged table with a natural weathered oak top

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Bow lamp

Bow lamp

Bow lamp in pink and red meranti

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Mirror Frame

Mirror Frame

Solid wood mirror frame in mahogany, walnut and Ash

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Leeboard table

Leeboard table

Nautical inspired leeboard table in medium oak and sapele

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Live edge character oak table

Live edge character oak table

Live edge character oak table with cantilevered bow supports in sapele and ash

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Tailored elegance 3 legged table - SOLD

Tailored elegance 3 legged table - SOLD

A stunning elegant 3 legged table in rosewood, ebony spalted beech iroko and ash

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Contact Me


  • 85 fathoms, studio 15, Ropewalk Arts and Craft Centre, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT