Bespoke Hardwood Furniture & Boxes
We always have some furniture pieces and boxes in stock ready for purchase. Please contact us by email or phone to discuss.
We can take commissions for bespoke, handmade hardwood furniture but have to be selective in what we take on. It must be within our skill set. We like to make pieces entirely from British hardwoods (though walnut often has to be from other countries) using the traditional methods of artisans from the past. As a result furniture can be very heavy with a chest of drawers requiring a lot of muscle to move. The size of furniture is determined by available space in the workshop, not to mention the clamp sizes for glue-up. There is nothing intricate in the furniture as we like the wood to be entirely natural, defects and all. Numbers of commissions have to be limited owing to time constraints and we particularly enjoy making jewellery towers and Apothecary's Chests.
Emphasis is placed on quality and nothing leaves the workshop that does not pass a critical eye. For finishing we use several coats of oil to bring out the natural colour and beauty of the wood followed by several coats of clear wax. As said we like to retain the unique defects found in wood. Being truly bespoke and handmade no two pieces are alike. Hardwood moves depending on humidity and can lead to eccentricities not seen in the mass-produced and veneered furniture available in stores today.
Prices depend on the wood used and the time spent though we are realistic with our pricing as the number of hours involved would result in prohibitive costs. An Apothecary's chest with 12 small drawers each lined with suede is around £1600 - £2000 but can take a month to complete. Our hardwood boxes are in the main small with lift-off lids. Using distinctive wood spalts and burrs these can take up to 10 hours to complete. They are priced at £80 - £140 plus postage. An interesting recent task was making boxes from the staves of barrels formerly used to store a well known malt whisky which is produced nearby. The quarter sawn white oak from Arkinsas USA takes on amazing colours from the contents. The boxes also have a very distinctive odour.
Larger boxes can be made to order and if you have a particular size in mind please contact us to discuss.
We take payment by cheque or cash but can also take payment using PayPal.
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