To a layperson, furniture making is an exacting craft — dimensions need to be precise, lines must be straight. If not, a slight wobble will ruin a chair. But for Ian Reid, the precision of carpentry is nothing compared with his former job as an architectural model maker.

That’s not to say furniture making is a slap-dash art form, but after 16 years worrying about millimetre accuracy, furniture making is forgiving to Ian. “Model making is plus or minus a millimetre, if it’s not the right size it won’t go together. Whereas furniture, you’ve got a little bit more lenience,” he says.

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