Riding the crest of a wooden wave

Frazer Reid, Crail, bespoke furniture maker
Frazer Reid, Crail, bespoke furniture maker
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A CRAIL man has managed to turn two of his passions into what is looking like being a successful business.

Frazer Reid (21), a keen surfer and carpenter, launched FAR Cabinetmakers, a bespoke woodwork business just two months ago but is already seeing orders roll in through the doors of the East Neuk farmer’s shed he has converted into his workshop.

Frazer, not only specialises in restoring antiques and making furniture such as cabinets, tables, chairs, boxes, mirrors and frames, but also makes traditional wooden surf boards.

He told the Mail: “It (woodwork) has always been a passion since I was a child.

“We had a woodwork class every Friday at school and that was my highlight of the week.

“I went to the Chippendale International Furniture School in the Borders for a year and now I have just set my business up.”

Word of mouth has helped Frazer, who got a loan from Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, build up his order book and it is his reputation for being an expert craftsman, despite his young age, which has done the trick.

Currently, for a small to medium sized piece, the process takes two to three weeks, and a bit longer for a larger one such as a dining table and chairs. Customers call Frazer and he either visits them or they visit his workshop where he creates drawings of different pieces for them.

“I work with the customer to make something that is completely unique for them,” he continued.

“Each piece is based around what the customer wants, even down to what sort of finish they want put on it so it matches there existing furniture or becomes something that really stands out in the room.

“In my first year I’d just like to get set up and established, the second year I’d like to have lots of working coming through and then the plan for the third year is to just to keep building ... after that I would maybe look at expanding and maybe even employing someone.”

You can check out a catalogue of Frazer’s work as well as order a ‘make your own’ surfboard kit at www.farcabinetmakers.co.uk.