Beautiful furniture

Designed and made for any space

All our work is made in the workshop by Derrick and his small team of craftsmen in Norfolk. We make furniture to commission mainly for private clients as well as interior designers and architects. We also make exhibition pieces that we exhibit in London and around the UK.

Our work includes a wide range of projects including free standing pieces, fitted furniture, bespoke kitchens and commercial projects.

A guide on some materials we use.

The timbers we use the most are Native and European hardwoods. These include oak, burr oak, ash, olive ash, elm, cherry, brown oak, sycamore and walnut.

We love to use Solid wood where ever possible.

We cut our own 3mm thick workshop cut veneers for certain pieces. This is where I want the feel of solid wood, the practical aspect of it accepting dents and scratches and gaining a patina. It also allows us to have the grain direction going in such a way that solid wood would simply fall apart as it tries to move to seasonal changes in humidity.

We also sometimes use knife cut veneer which is usually 0.5mm thick. This is what is used for the majority of veneered furniture of all qualities. It is not an inferior product and some of the finest pieces of furniture produced are made using knife cut veneer. Here you have the option of many more species of timber and it is often said that the best logs are cut for veneer.

When we veneer, we usually lay it onto a man made board such as moisture resistant MDF or birch plywood. This overcomes stability or movement issues associated with solid timber. Or for a visual aspect where we want the grain to go in a different direction.

I will always discuss with you what I feel is the best solution to your requirements as well as listening to any preferences you have on solid vs veneered.

Which ever method of construction is right for your needs, you can be assured that as long as the piece is looked after, it will be made to last many generations to come.

A guide to the finishes we use.

We use two main finishes for our furniture.

Our preferred finish and the one we mainly use is oil, usually a hard wax oil. Oils bring out all the subtleties of the grain, add depth, have a wonderful natural feel and most importantly improve with age. The finish is durable and is good for table tops but spills should be wiped up straight after. Occasional re oiling will be necessary especially with hard use. Oil finishes take on a look of there own, sometimes faint ring marks will be visible, but they usually diminish with time. The first few months are the most vulnerable as it takes time for oil finishes to become tough. As the finish can be renewed easily by the client, the furniture will be kept in good condition through the years. It really comes down to how you view it. If you hate the idea of any kind of mark being visible on the surface then oil may not be the best option. If however you can accept this trade off, most people find our oil finishes so beautiful and really suite the furniture we make.

Water based lacquer.

If you require a finish that has no maintenance, can withstand hot coffee cup spills, wine spills etc (all to a degree) then lacquer maybe the right choice for your needs. There is a choice of dead matt natural look through to high gloss finishes. We mainly use water based lacquer as it is much less of an impact on the environment. The downside to any surface finish is that it will slowly degrade. Edges of tables and cabinets for instance are most effected as they can get knocked and the lacquer can then chip. Lacquered surfaces tend to have a service life where they are durable and then slowly degrade. The only way to repair a badly damaged lacquer surface is to completely strip it to bare wood and re lacquer which has to be done in a workshop. The time frame for needing this re finishing however will depend on how heavily the piece is used and may be decades. There are times when it is the only finish to use, for instance on knife cut veneer, where what is needed is a tough surface finish to protect the thin layer of veneer.

I will discuss the two options with you and jointly arrive at a finish which best fits your needs.