OUR MATERIALS

We take the rough and make it smooth to create our stunning pieces of bespoke furniture - heres a few key facts about the wood and finishes we use.

Why Reclaimed Wood?

We love reclaimed timber for all of its beautiful flaws, it’s unique character, scars, marks and shape. Each piece created with this material is different from the next, making each dining table, desk, or coffee table a one off.

On top of this, there’s an environmental benefit too, wood that would have been destined for the incinerator, chipper or landfill, gets given a new lease of life in people’s homes to be enjoyed for years to come, without chopping more trees down.

 

All wood is an organic living thing, interacting with its environment all of the time. The moisture content within the wood is continuously changing with the seasons, expanding and contracting that can cause cracking. Reclaimed wood has been exposed to a lifetime of this before we get our hands on it, so should be more stable than newly cut wood, but will crack too depending on the environment it is placed in. We think this adds to the aesthetic and just like a piece of art that confidently shows the marks of the artist, the wood develops and shows its own personality and character over time.

 

There are precautions that you can take to avoid cracking, by monitoring the moisture in your home, or office, but to be honest, the more you worry about it, the less you will enjoy your furniture. The Beatles said it best, 'Let it be'...

Our Wood Finishes

We use the following finishes on our handmade pieces of furniture:

So how do you choose?

Well other than the shade you are looking for, heres a little more on the type of finish we offer:

Wax - Wood waxes look great but are ideally suited to furniture that does not require as much protection, such as shelving or low contact areas. Unlike varnish, waxed surfaces will need some maintenance to keep them looking beautiful, but it is as simple as keeping an eye on the furnitures wear and tear and topping up the wax periodically to ensure its kept looking its best. The finish is a favourite of ours as it naturally enhances the look of the grain and gives a super smooth finish.

Oil - Wood oils are very popular and it is not difficult to see why. Interior wood oils are highly durable, potentially lasting years but unlike a varnish, there is never a need to sand them off when they start to look tired and worn. It’s simply a case of cleaning the surface or perhaps giving a very light sanding before applying a fresh coat of oil over the top of the old. As good as new.

Stain & Varnish - A wood stain is anything that changes the colour and appearance of wood. Water-based stains are safe, low odour, very easy to apply, and have very little smell. We seal our stained furniture with varnish which forms a seal on the surface of the wood. Varnishes are tough, hard wearing and easily cleaned. Wood varnish is generally more durable than a wax or oil but is not as easy to maintain or repair if it becomes worn or damaged.

Wood Aftercare

To keep your reclaimed wood furniture looking beautiful there are a few simple things you can do.

 

Waxing:

Regular waxing will improve the protection and overall appearance. You can wax your furniture as much as you want but every few months is adequate.

 

Waxing is very simple and quick and shouldn’t take you long at all. It smells great too.

 

Using an old rag or similar lint free cloth apply the wax generously in a circular motion firstly to spread the wax evenly over the surface and then following the grain to remove any excess.

After giving the furniture a coat of wax all over you should notice it looking dull, don’t worry this is normal.

Let it dry for about 10 minutes.

Then with another clean rag, cloth or buffing brush give all surfaces a buff. Its up to you how shiny you want it, it doesn’t take much effort to get a mid-sheen(like when you received your furniture) or 

continue to buff for a more glossy finish.

 

Things to be careful of …

Placing hot or wet items such as pans, plates etc directly onto the surface.

We strongly recommend the use of placemats or coasters to avoid unwanted stains and marks.

Recommended Wax: 

We use a coloured LIBERON wax to finish our products. To protect your furniture we 

reccommend using a clear LIBERON wax, unless you wish to change the colour of the piece.

Please Note:

If small cracks appear (known as shakes) on the surface of your furniture this is quite normal and part of the character of reclaimed wood. It is nothing to be concerned about but if you would like them to be more subtle simply wax over them which will fill the shakes with wax.

 

Over time the wax will dry out and the shakes will start to appear again, this is a good 

indication its wax time again!

IMPORTANT

Do not use any harsh abrasives, solvent or silicone based cleaning products on any part of our furniture.

To avoid damage to table tops we strongly advise the use of coasters and place mats. A table cloth may also be recommended if there is an increased risk of spillages such as a dinner party.

Steel

Mild steel if untreated is susceptible to corrosion if in contact with moisture. All of our steel furniture is hand lacquered in our workshop which provides a durable protective finish that allows the beauty of the hand polished steel to shine through.

As with any lacquered surface if this is damaged then the steel beneath will then become exposed and open to possible corrosion.

We recommend that any metal surfaces are kept clean by lightly dusting. For more stubborn marks a spray oil such as WD40 can be used with paper towel. This is also recommended to help treat any minor scuff marks on the lacquer. Do not use any harsh solvent or silicone based cleaning products or abrasives.

As with any mild steel item it is impossible to predict how long it will take for rust to develop. We do our best to ensure items are thoroughly protected though cannot guarantee that any rust will not appear at some point in the products life.

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