After a lifetime of learning and working in the woodworking industry in the United Kingdom and then South Africa, Ian Rawcliffe decided to semi retire to the sleepy, artsy town of Clarens in the free state and manufacture……………………furniture.
Spring Forest Furniture Manufacturing opened in 2007 as Spring Forest Trading cc Cabinet Makers. We began by manufacturing bespoke domestic furniture, kitchens and fitted cupboards in and around Clarens. The addition of established retail clients in Johannesburg and Pretoria necessitated a return to Johannesburg and this family run business now occupies space in Laser Park, Honeydew.
Ian, City & Guilds (UK) qualified, has vast experience in the furniture manufacturing industry in South Africa. He has been factory manager and technical director at large plants in Johannesburg for over 40 years, supplying both the retail and hospitality sectors. He oversees all production at Spring Forest ensuring quality as well as facilitating ongoing onsite vocational training for employees ensuring skills sustainability.
Elaine manages the office and accounts. They say ‘A mothers work is never done’, but Elaine certainly manages to keep Spring Forest personnel in line so that theirs is done. Elaine has a wealth of experience in the accounts departments of various manufacturing industries in South Africa and a creative flair that keeps new product ideas flowing.
Daniel is our resident design guru. He holds a design diploma and has been designing buildings and cars since he was a little boy. He specialises now in designing interior spaces which includes kitchens, cupboards and other interior fittings as well as new ranges and custom ranges of furniture for Spring Forest.
Katherine joined the company recently to take on production administration and Occupational Health and Safety compliance.
Scamp, the factory dog, is a very important part of the S.F.T family providing friendly support for all.
Spring Forest production staff are mainly from in and around Johannesburg and some have worked with Ian for over 20 years.