‘Locally sourced hardwoods have a unique property that’s integral to my work.’
The very first step to creating a new piece of furniture is to make sure you get the wood right. We only use English and European sustainable hardwood and take time to select only the very best stock.
We are committed to buying all hardwood and softwood from legal and renewable sources, and seek evidence to ensure our suppliers are in compliance with this policy, we will not purchase any timber species prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trading on Endangered Species (CITES).
We try to keep our environmental impact to a minimum, the timber we use is a precious resource and we treat it as such.
Our favourite woods:
Due to intensive French forest cultivation, French Oak tends to produce longer, cleaner and straighter grained material than English Oak. We have used this wonderful material for furniture, kitchens, Doors, windows, gates, fencing and garden buildings.
It is still in use after hundreds of years and can be found across Britain in everything from villiage pubs to country houses to cathedrals where oak beams up to 50ft long can be found.
English Oak is one of the hardest and most durable timbers on the planet, its grain structure is often gnarled and wilder than European Oak making it stronger but harder to work which is why it was so coveted for ship building. Even its Latin name, Quercus robur, means strength. However, it takes up to 150 years before an oak is ready to use.
For beauty there are few woods which will compare with the variety known as English Brown Oak. Its knotty, gnarled grain brings out the best variety of shade and colour. Its colour is thought to be due to some slow incipient form of decay. It is comparatively rare. Colour may vary from an even mid brown to a stripy ‘tigerish’ figure.
The Sycamore tree is a type of Maple native to central and southern Europe and was introduced to Britain about four hundred years ago. It has become widespread in Britain too. If allowed to, it becomes a hundred feet (thirty-five metres) tall with a good clean butt or trunk enabling nice clean wide and long boards.
Sycamore has a character of its own. It is quite hard with an open texture. Annual growth rings appear as a fine line. The creamy-white lustrous colour is sometimes varied by some areas of green or brown giving it a special character. Occasionally there can be some very attractive ripple-grain or fiddle-back figure which is much sought after.
It is stable and as strong as oak. Sycamore is a very attractive wood for furniture and kitchens. A heard-wearing wood suitable for all sorts of furniture and domestic applications; especially tabletops and figured panneling either stained or left natural.
We use Beech as standard for our painted kitchens, it is far superior to the softer cheaper choices favoured by most kitchen companies. The colour naturally varies from white on the outside to pinky brown at the heart and the texture is fine and closed grained meaning it takes paint beautifully, is as stable as can be and very hard wearing.
We can stain and polish Beech to almost any colour, we have matched victorian Pine, warm Cherry and even faded Ebony.
English Yew (Botanically a softwood)
The Yew tree can achieve a great age but seldom a great height. The butt is often very fluted, colour varies from pale yellow to dark red or purple. Fine close grain, tough and hard, often with small clusters of pips. Yew is a stunningly beautiful timber but only yields small cutting sizes so is used mainly for small pieces of furniture. We also use the attractive figure as cross-banding on table tops and drawer fronts.
Walnut, (French, Steamed)
The steaming process evens the colour between the heart and sapwood. More easily available than English Walnut. Traditionally used for Joinery, furniture, turnery, mouldings and for rifle butts (apparently as it is the only timber that does not get slippery when wet).
Combining rich Walnut and creamy Sycamore gives the most strikingly beautiful natural colour contrasts.