Graduate Furniture Freeman
Date: 7th Jun 2016
An MA Art and Design Practice: Furniture Design graduate from Buckinghamshire New University has been made a Freeman by The Furniture Makers, a body established in 1951.
Dennis Keeling was admitted alongside three other Freemen by Charles Vernon, the Master of The Furniture Makers, in an admissions ceremony at The Furniture Makers' Hall in London.
Mr Keeling, who owns his own studio at his home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, is already a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Turners. As well as being a furniture maker he is one of the UK's few segmenters - turners that specialise in segmented turning.
The Furniture Makers, which is the City of London Livery company, is the British furnishing industry’s central organisation, charity and patron. It fosters and supports the craft and the industry, the education of students, and the industry’s needy.
Dennis said: “I am really proud of this honour. The Furniture Makers are vibrant and enthusiastic about their industry, and especially in encouraging new students to join it, so I greatly appreciate their support.”
Dennis is also a Director of the Segmented Woodturners Association, which is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).
Dr Lynn Jones, MA Course Leader at Bucks New University, who is a Furniture Makers Liveryman herself, said: "This honour will help develop Dennis’s reputation even further and reflects very well on the standard of graduates from Bucks New University."
Dennis has a website at dkeeling.com.