Nominated a Fellow  of The Society of Designer

Craftsmen in 1979

Invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2009


Having trained as a Handicrafts teacher at Shoreditch College in London, gaining a Distinction in Advanced Woodwork and after a short school teaching career, Jeremy set up a small workshop in Bath in the 1970s creating innovative furniture. 


He was won several awards including a Churchill Travel

Scholarship and has exhibited at major UK shows over four decades. He has lectured extensively in the UK, in Ireland,

and in Finland and Australia.

In 2006 He was voted Professional Woodworker

of the Year. Sponsored by the Woodworker magazine

and Ryobi Power Tools UK.


In 1989 he was invited by GMC Publications Ltd to write a book called 'The Incredible Router' which became their flagship bestseller.

'The Encyclopedia of Woodworking Techniques' was voted a Top UK Title in 1993 published in several languages and was revised in 2018  under Jeremy's guidance. 


Jeremy has written for the major UK woodworking magazines for several decades.

Jeremy is a self-taught film maker having set up Thinking Hand Video in 1988 and his low budget films uniquely capture the spirit and passion of his chosen craft. 

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The Zigzag Table designed by Jeremy Broun in 1978.

 unique centre joint

The Alan Peters ONLINE Furniture Award                                                                 2021   

An annual award celebrating the legacy of one of Britain’s most prominent furniture designer-makers of the late 20th century. It aims to encourage talent in the craft of furniture design and making. 
Any woodworker who is a resident citizen of The British Isles* over the age of 18 and who has a passion and talent for designing and making contemporary furniture is invited to submit up to 2 items of furniture made primarily of wood, that can include other complementary materials and that echo the philosophy of Alan Peters. Judging is based on the appropriate use of wood, the quality of workmanship, functionality and originality of design.

Both one-off designs and potential batch-produced designs are encouraged and the piece does not have to be large. Applicants should be familiar with the work of Alan Peters prior to applying and are encouraged to read this 64-page online video-integrated ebook by Jeremy Broun offered free here: 

Alan Peters OBE (1933 – 2009) was one of Britain’s most prominent furniture designer makers of the latter part of the 20th Century. He was apprenticed to Edward Barnsley and was a direct link to the English Arts & Crafts Movement. He was hugely influential internationally in his practice, teaching and publications.  Above all, his respect and understanding of how wood behaves and the value of hand skill, yet moving tradition forward, resulted in many timeless pieces.  He created affordable functional furniture which was made to last, making an art of his craft in some of his subtle innovations. 



History of the Award


The original award was called The Alan Peters Award For Excellence and was initiated by Jason Heap in 2010 and the prize was for three winners to have a free exhibition space alongside the professionals at this annual furniture exhibition in Cheltenham.

The award ran for eight years. The judges were Jason Heap,

Keith Newton and Jeremy Broun. 

The judges  for The Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2021

Jeremy Broun (organizer) -  designer-maker and co-exhibitor with Alan Peters 1978 - 2002.                                                  

Andrew Lawton -  designer-maker who worked with Alan Peters

and on his last commission.                            

David Barron -  established maker of fine contemporary furniture

and long time admirer and collector of Alan Peters' work.

Hattie Speed (guest judge for 2021) - furniture designer maker, educator and founder of This Girl Makes community. 

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Organized by                                     in collaboration with
Due to Covid19 this will now be an online award event.
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