Nick Clarke: Cabinet maker and furniture designer

Old St Paul’s altar

I made this altar for the Memorial Chapel in Old Saint Paul’s, the church I attended in Edinburgh. It is made from beech, finished with oil and wax. Front and back are alike, for use in the round.

From a review in ‘The Bulletin of Art and Christianity Enquiry’, October 2006:

“brilliantly respecting the architectural context… self-effacing and very elegant… a wonderfully confident example of liturgical furnishing at its best”

It is the first altar I ever made. The combination of beech and spalted beech is one I have returned to several times. Spalted beech looks beautiful, but is not strong enough for the framework of a table. You can see it better elsewhere on this site where the altar top is uncovered!