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MetiNews.Com - The designer won out against competition, and was chosen by the PM's office
Breaking News ! A Cornish furniture maker has been chosen to build ten tables to be used by world leaders at the G7 Summit this summer. Scott Woyka, 50, from the Lizard, said it is a "great honour" to have been chosen for what will be a key role in the G7 world leaders summit in June. The craftsman, who has a small workshop in Falmouth, said his tables celebrated the local way of life, and hopes his handiwork will inspire "positive discussion" as it gets shown in media footage all over the world. Scott's design was inspired by the Cornish coast and his was chosen over the work of seven other locals' by the Prime Minister's office. He has been producing one-off furniture pieces for private clients and public spaces in his riverside “Woykshop” since 1995. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. He said: "They sent out a creative brief to seven furniture designers in Cornwall and I just happened to be on that list. I had about two weeks' notice to put the designs together and made some models. "It was a great honour to get chosen. I was completely blown away. I put a proposal forward as something I really wanted to make but it was not a conventional table. "It was different and I suspected they might have wanted something a little more conventional. But I am obviously delighted they chose mine." The competition which Scott won was part of the G7's promise to showcase Cornish talent, innovation and creativity. Other designers hailed from Wadebridge, Bude, Helston, Redruth, and others from Falmouth. Scott said there would be a total of ten tables for leaders to sit together in pairs in a number of different meeting rooms. They will all be sculpted from sustainably sourced local Cornish wood. Scott’s “Coast” design depicts the Cornish coastline, with laminated blocks of wood carved to reflect sea caves, ravines, zawns, beaches and headlands. The tables will also be engraved with Cornish metals in an attempt to reflect both our mining heritage, and modern emerging industries like Lithium extraction.
. Some of the tables will be like a small coffee table with one flat top surface. Then all around the side it will be carved like the Cornish coast with headlands, caves and coves. "It will be sandblasted to create a rugged beautiful surface - just like our coastline. Some of them will have the front face carved to again resemble the rugged Cornish coastline. "Another element I have included is Cornish mining heritage. I will be engraving some lines of tin into the table to represent this." The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU – is the only forum where the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions. This year they will be hosted by the Prime Minister between June 11 to 13 at Carbis Bay with neighbouring St Ives, Newquay airport and other parts of Cornwall all playing a role in supporting the summit.
Scott said he hoped his tables could have a positive impact on the discussions. He added: “I think it’s brilliant that the most powerful people in the world are going to be sitting inside at the summit next to my tables. Furniture is really valuable in these kind of environments, it brings people together and sets the scene for positive discussions." Ex students from local college furniture-making courses are being brought in to help Scott complete the tables in time to be delivered in early June. All-women laser cutting company Cut By Beam in Falmouth will then be etching the G7 logo onto the tables. Kim Conchie, CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: "The eyes of the world will be on our beautiful, historic and innovative area for the G7 Summit so I’m delighted that the Government will be using tables for the talks designed and built here in Cornwall, celebrating local craftsmanship. "It’s important for our whole region to reap the benefits from hosting the event. "I’m pleased that we can give a global platform to the best of Cornish talent and it’s a great opportunity for Scott’s designs to be showcased in meetings which will help set the agenda between the most powerful democracies on earth. "Well done to all our furniture makers and designers who took part and well done Scott.”
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