zen funiture work shop emsworth

About us


Ian Ayland Msc, B.A (Hons)
Ian Ayland served a 5 year apprenticeship as a ships joiner in Portsmouth. He then left for Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea. This entailed teaching basic carpentry to indigenous population on a small bush station. Together they were responsible for the design and building of an earthquake/flood resistant convent. Having saved enough money, a long nurtured plan was carried out to return to UK ‘overland’ via India and Nepal etc. including a near disastrous foray into the Himalayas. After 9 months of “interesting” travel Ian eventually arrived in U.K.. A growing interest in sustainable design has led Ian towards teaching and eventually designing and making furniture.

He is a frequent visitor to Southern India where he has built a house and has a part share in a British run guest house www.cardamomhouse.com

Sean Casey B.A (Hons),Hnd
Sean Casey also had a good foundation to build upon as he studied his craft at Buckinghamshire College, High Wycombe. After graduating he went to the Edward Barnsley Workshop as a Trainee Craftsman to fine tune his hand skills. To fund a year travelling he went into furniture manufacture and when he returned he became a craftsman at a company called Waywood a small team who design and make bespoke furniture. After many years he decided to share his vast array of knowledge by becoming a Lecturer in Furniture. It was here that he met Ian Ayland and together they formed The Zen Furniture Workshops. Each have their own design tastes and occasionally come together to work joint projects.