I'm Oliver Renison and my company is blackteaonesugar
I'm a multi-disciplinarary craftsman, furniture maker, carpenter/joiner and creator of many things.
I started out my career locally on a City & Guilds furniture making course, I then trained to degree level in furniture design and craftsmanship at Buckinghamshire College and since then, I've been employed in many related disciplines and picked up a great wealth of experience along the way.
As a bespoke cabinetmaker, I produced one-off furniture from working drawings in many beautiful timber species to the highest standards, I spent time as a boatbuilder fitting out narrowboats, made reproduction antique furniture, worked as a bench-joiner making complex joinery and windows for houses, a kitchen maker and installer and more recently, a teacher and technician of furniture making in a local further education college.
During this time in employment I have completed many private commissions, designing and making items of furniture and joinery which are still enjoyed today.
My employment and interests have led me to explore many practical and creative areas in my work such as welding, blacksmithing, photography, upholstery, jewellery & silversmithing and in 2016, I was lucky enough to end up as 1st runner up on Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year competition for my first shed build, the 'Shed of Dreams'. George Clarke presented me with my category-winning rosette in front of the cameras, and the talented Will Hardie and team visited my one of a kind shed here in Leamington Spa.
Blackteaonesugar, what's that all about then?
The name of the company came from my dedication to tea drinking combined with my interest in film making while I worked as the technician/instructor on a furniture making course. I found that many TV production companies have silly names, and so naturally, and possibly randomly I started to use blackteaonesugar productions as mine. When I started self-employment full time, the name just kind of came along with me, and yes, it is how I take my tea!