Sandwood Designs is a Cabinet Making business based in Ibrox, Glasgow. The business was started by Niall Wilson, a young Cabinet Maker looking to push his creativity and increase his accomplished skill set.
Niall first became interested in making furniture in 2006 when he chose Paul Hodgkiss Designs (PHD) for work experience, while at high school. After watching the tradesmen creating beautiful pieces of furniture from off-sawn timbers he knew this was what he wanted to do. That summer Niall got some weekend work there, which eventually led to an apprenticeship. After leaving school, Niall began his 4 year apprenticeship in cabinet making, learning prodigious skills from some of the best craftsmen in Scotland.
Sandwood Designs gets it's name from Sandwood Bay in Sutherland. It's a remote Bay in the far north west of Scotland, accessed only by a footpath meandering 4 and a half miles to the nearest road. The bay has a mile-long sweep of golden sand backed by tall dunes and home to Am Buachaille, a prominent sea stack. The site was also home to Niall's Great Grandmother, Maggie, who was raised in a 19 century farm house there called Sandwood Lodge (now a ruin) before moving to Glasgow.
During his time at PHD, Niall worked on array of interesting projects for both commercial and residential clients. The Glenfiddich visitor center and guest house, Ian Brown Food & Drink and Dowhill Farm shop are particularly memorable. Working with a great team of tradesmen he was involved in a range of kitchens, staircases, church furniture and bar fitouts.
In 2013 Niall left PHD and moved to a workshop space within the GalGael Trust. Since then Sandwood Designs has thrived, working on projects with Laphroaig, Macallan and The Scotch Whisky Experience, to name a few. Keep updated with our work on our Facebook or Instagram.