100-year-old railway carriages get new modern look from experienced cabinet maker

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carr

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carriages Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A creative cabinet maker has diversified his skills and is now turning old railway carriages into bespoke modern spaces.

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carr

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carriages Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Stuart Harris has been selling individual items of furniture out of a non-working farm in Ardleigh, near Colchester since 1998 usually working with natural wood to create personal items for households, churches and schools.

However, in recent times, Mr Harris has taken to working with old railway carriages, using his woodwork skills to refurbish them into working order for people to use for a variety of functions.

Recently, he got his hands on a carriage from 1926 and after four months of work replacing the rotten wood, he sold it to a family who now use it as a sewing room in their garden.

Mr Harris said that his passion for working with wood means he is finding his new business extremely satisfying and exciting.

Stuart Harris inside his latest railway carriage renovation Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Stuart Harris inside his latest railway carriage renovation Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


"The carriages take me about four months to complete, working eight hour days five days a week," he said.

"I am about to start work on another 1950's carriage. They are quite spacious and could be used as a place to sleep, a games room or a variety of other purposes."

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris in his workshop Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris in his workshop Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carr

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carriages Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carr

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carriages Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris in his workshop Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris in his workshop Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Stuart Harris in front of his next project Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Stuart Harris in front of his next project Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carr

Cabinet maker Stuart Harris has recently diversified his business by converting disused railway carriages Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter