- This image shows the solid walnut posts as they arrive in our workshop. they are sourced from a wide area and all cutting, drying and processing is done in-house
- The raw timber, often first felled over a century ago, is cut and air dried before being kiln dried to the right humidity level for furniture construction
- We do not stain or colour the timber in any way. Just a natural wax is used. In this way the infinite variety of tone and grain pattern stands witness to the diversity and maturity of the material used
There's a quiet revolution going on in the world of sustainable furniture design and manufacture.
As the novelty of claiming an item as being in some way recycled begins to wear off, a more sophisticated set of distinctions begin to be drawn.
The words "upcycle" and "downcycle" have entered the language and offer a new way of looking at sustainable production.
These terms have been in use since as early as 1994 when German businessman Reiner Pilz expressed his frustration that so much of what is called recycling essentially results in things of potential value being ground into some form of bulk material or hardcore: "I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling, where old products are given more value not less."
It's an interesting perspective and one that’s particularly relevant to us as several of our most important and popular products are made from a material which has come to the end of one useful life - large solid walnut building posts – and is looking for another. The onus is on us not just to squeeze another use out of that material, but really to make something that releases the value inherent in it and gives the wood itself the best chance of a long time in service.
Solid construction is clearly a big part of this. We sell furniture which we’re confident enough to guarantee for life. Good joinery in these pieces is not just about creating a high quality product. It’s also about making the most of a finite resource.
Timeless design is important to this too. Gimmicky furniture may find itself swept away to the local dump to be downcycled on a wave of irrelevance once fashion moves on.
Whether you call it reclaiming, recycling, upcycling or just good use of materials the thing that really excites us is making timeless pieces of furniture, built to last, that take nothing away from the environment in which they are made.