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International Reputation for Excellence

With over 30 years experience Chiselwood have worked hard to stand out and make a difference in designing and manufacturing beautiful furniture.
Martin and Mel Holliday founded Chiselwood in 1989. During the early 80’s living in Wiltshire, they were inspired by designers such as Mark Wilkinson and Charlie Smallbone. Moving back to Lincolnshire,  they bought and started renovating their house. Martin used his engineering knowledge and newfound love of design to begin the company. He began to design and make furniture in a small workshop in the centre of Lincoln. As years progressed the team grew and they needed more space. Finding the derelict house in Saxilby in 1994, both Martin and Mel started the long and exciting task of turning the house into their home. They designed and built workshops and design offices reflecting a Malthouse that once stood on the site. This is now the headquarters, where Martin and the design team create ideas from paper to reality. Chiselwood designs are recognised worldwide. They have been rewarded with many awards throughout its 30 years in business.

The UK’s leading kitchen designers invited to the Groucho Club, London by Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine >

Award-Winning Design

Over the past 30 years Chiselwood has achieved many awards and distinctions. The most recent the sole European kitchen company to reach the World Finals of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest in the USA in 2017. Click here to see a short video featuring Martin and a happy client chatting in her beautiful kitchen. This project made it through to the final of the World Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

Martin Holliday

Design Director, Martin Holliday, is now recognised as one of the leading kitchen designers in the world including European winner of KDC Award America (Sub-Zero Wolf Awards). UK Kitchen Designer category of the prestigious KBB Review Design & Retail Award. Locally Made in Lincolnshire (Sold Nationwide) Winner, was East Midlands Winner for Interior Design for a Private Residence in the International Property Awards and is a former Lincolnshire Business of the Year and Daily Express Small Business of the Year winner.

Mel Holliday

Mel is Managing Director and co-founder of Chiselwood. She is a well-respected businesswoman in Lincolnshire and is responsible for the general management and strategy of the business. Mel was recently appointed to the ACID Advisory Council and is working hard to encourage an ethos of IP respect, compliance and ethics. ACID aims to build an understanding that it is wrong to use IP unlawfully. Mel brings a keen awareness of IP to the Council through Chiselwood’s  experiences of  designs being copied from whole room plans to individual pieces. Mel is also involved regionally supporting apprentices with the CITB and the EBP.

Not Just Kitchens

In addition to award-winning kitchens, Chiselwood also designs, manufactures and installs cabinetry throughout the home. This includes walk in pantries, utility rooms, boot rooms, dining room cabinetry, dressing rooms, bedrooms and architectural elements such as wall panelling and radiator covers.

The Team

The team of 11 highly skilled Chiselwood cabinetmakers hand-build furniture with experience and care. Made in the fully equipped workshop, the projects are delivered and fitted by their skilled team. The staff are vital to the success throughout all aspects of the business. They are trained and knowledgeable and have pride in their work.

The Design Studio

Chiselwood specializes in bespoke kitchen and furniture projects in the UK and internationally. Founder and Design Director, Martin Holliday, is personally involved in the design of each project. He works closely with his design team who are based in the Chiselwood Design Studio. This is adjacent to the workshop and showroom in Lincoln. Martin also manages the day to day implementation of the project ensuring every client receives a personalised service.

The Workshop

The 8000 square foot workshop, adjacent to the Design Studio, is where the team of  cabinet- makers create each bespoke piece of furniture. Here the word “bespoke” really means what it says, and every item is made and designed on-site to each client’s specific requirements.

Our Ethos

"Over the 30 years in business, we have worked hard to design and manufacture furniture that is special and unique for the client. It is so rewarding to see a project from concept to a space that is loved and enjoyed. We support from the day the client walks in to hanging the curtains at the end if the so wish." - Martin Holliday, Design Director


  • Chiselwood Ltd,
  • Fossdyke House,
  • Gainsborough Road, Saxilby,
  • Lincoln LN1 2JH
01522 704446 sales@chiselwood.co.uk

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