Ewan Ogilvie
Ewan Ogilvie

From accountant to cabinetmaker – making the leap to starting your own business

A love of hand-crafting beautiful items from natural wood, working with unusual materials and a desire to own his own business, inspired Ewan Ogilvie to retrain from finance manager to cabinetmaker and launch, Ogilvies of Haddington.

The bespoke design and hand crafting business has now announced a new collaboration with interior designers, Jeffreys Interiors, providing woodwork and restoration services to its client base.

The 44-year old former accountant from the town of Haddington spent more than a decade working in finance, holding positions including Principal Finance Manager and the Acting Head of Revenues & Benefits for City of Edinburgh Council between 2008 and 2012.

Ogilvie took his leap of faith to study at the prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian.  In 2013 he qualified as a cabinetmaker and set up his artisan business.

From his workshop and studio located just 18 miles east of Edinburgh, he initially worked on small furniture commissions, with each piece crafted from locally sourced timber and materials.  Ewan has since gained a growing and glowing reputation for his beautiful craftsmanship in the design and creation of impressive kitchens, wine cellars and larger scale furniture.

Ewan Ogilvie explained:  “I have always been interested in design and aesthetics, although had limited opportunity to explore these in my previous lines of work.

“I have been working with clients across Scotland since I launched Ogilvies of Haddington but this new collaboration with Jeffreys Interiors is expanding my business into new horizons.  The renowned interior design business has a loyal and diverse range of customers who are open to innovative designs and working with new materials.  It’s already become a very positive and creative working relationship.”

Alison Vance, Design Director at Jeffreys Interiors explained:  “The quality of Ewan Ogilvie’s work is outstanding and meets the demands of Jeffreys’ clientele.  It is wonderful to be able to offer interesting designs, made locally with high quality materials and constructed using efficient workshop techniques and machinery.

“Ewan has a great eye for design and is clearly passionate about the sourcing of his materials.  Our clients are very happy with the commissions he has undertaken to date.”

Ogilvies of Haddington also makes bespoke furniture for private clients and one of his most impressive kitchens (pictured) has been for the Geary family in Fife who spent years renovating a former Manse near Anstruther.  Its previous off-the-shelf kitchen units did not harmonise with the grandeur of the lofty Georgian room so he designed a kitchen with the look of old apothecary and created a sociable family layout.