The U3A Tree Group visited the workshop last Monday to see how we convert the trees we buy from local estates into usable timber for making furniture.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are not in fact a cult and are actually a nice group of retired and semi-retired people who have an interest in learning about trees. As it is winter they thought that rather than spending a morning in a cold forest they would visit my cold workshop.
We covered the process from buying timber to milling, stacking, drying and then further into converting the raw planks into usable sections that can be sensibly lifted and are closer to a finished size.
We followed the process onto machining and further drying so that the timber is as prepared as possible to be made into a piece of furniture. We didn’t get into the technicalities of actual furniture making but we discussed what to look for in a dry piece of timber in terms of defects, straightness and twist and how to work with the wood you have.
It was a fairly comprehensive chat and as far as I know everyone was interested in the process and possibly surprised at how long it takes to turn a tree into a usable piece of timber.
Thanks to everyone who came along and listening to my chat about wood. If you are interested in a workshop visit then get in touch.
Cabinet installed with sides to form kitchen island.
Plywood allows us to create bespoke furniture, kitchens, storage and other joinery projects at an affordable price.
From kitchens to bathrooms, bedrooms to playrooms, freestanding or fitted, plywood is a durable and sustainable material that can be adapted to create a design custom-made for any room in the home or office.
We primarily work with birch plywood that has been finished with a clear oil, however, depending on the project other types of plywood and finishes can be used. Oak or walnut veneered plywood can be used to provide different textures within a piece of furniture.
Painting surfaces such as drawers and cupboard doors introduces an element of colour to a piece of furniture, something that you wouldn’t normally do when using solid wood.
Combining plywood and solid wood brings together the best of both materials, the clean line of plywood and natural edge solid wood work together to create something totally unique.
Please contact us to discuss any requirements you have, we would be delighted to work with you to make your ideas a reality.
We recently made a number of items for a customer near Belfast and arranged for the furniture to be transported over. The pictures were taken prior to shipping. Here is what the customer had to say.
“I just received the furniture that Stuart Clachan made for me and each piece is stunning. It far exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank him enough. From the moment I spoke to him, it was obvious how much he loved his job, working with wood. He regularly gave me updates and suggested slight changes – and now you can see the end results. Unique, beautiful pieces of furniture.”
We can make and ship to anywhere within the UK, or abroad if necessary.