About John Lomas
John’s career as a custom furniture maker began in London, 35 years ago, with his escape from a dreary job in an office block overlooking the Thames. So began several years of study, beginning at the London College of Furniture and culminating with his graduation in antique restoration from the prestigious West Dean College in Sussex. Following a further year’s apprenticeship with a local antique dealer, John moved to the Cotswolds, in the West of England, to start a restoration business with a partner, who still runs the business today.
A few years later, in 1992, John moved across the water to take up residence in Vermont, where he has been designing and making furniture ever since. Over this last twenty five year stretch, John started Cotswold Furniture Makers, bringing the business from a small shop to a 7,000 square foot facility with six craftspeople and two retail outlets in Stowe, VT and Great Barrington, MA.
In 2011, John made the decision to close Cotswold Furniture, “I realized that I was no longer making furniture, and wanted to return to my earlier roots. My desire, and the deteriorating economy, made up my mind, it was time to come full circle, return to basics and work with my hands again.”
Today, with years of meaningful, hands-on experience, John‘s goal continues to be to make a significant and lasting contribution to the custom furniture makers industry, and to share his passion and creations with you.
John has a workshop, built with his own hands, at his home in Hinesburg, VT where he is, once again, the craftsman. John lives with his wife, two children and two dogs.
He hopes you will stop by for a visit.