techniques

Techniques

We are a family run business that comes from a long line of master craftsmen and many of the skills and techniques we use today have been passed down through generations.  George, our master craftsman uses these skills along with those he learnt in the maritime industry to deliver beautiful hand crafted furniture with exquisite attention to detail.  Some of the techniques that have been taken from the maritime industry and can be used in our homes today are introduced below.  If you are interested we would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you in more detail.

Steam Box

The utilization of a steam box quite simply allows the formation of complex curves in wood. Once steamed and then fastened or clamped into the desired position and left to dry, the wood will hold the new shape.

This technique is most commonly used in the marine industry for bending wood to create the hull of boats. However, its uses in the crafting of bespoke pieces of furniture adds numerous benefits over the traditional method of cutting the desired shape out of a much larger piece of wood. Bending the wood using a steam box results in a far more efficient and cost effective use of wood, resulting in minimal scrap.

In addition to the environmental and economical advantages, the other benefit of using this technique is that the bent piece is far stronger than a piece cut out of a larger piece of wood, which could snap across cross cut grains or marinated joints.

The largest steam boxes are still used in the maritime industry, however we incorporate it into our furniture and cabinets making pieces that are well constructed and pleasing to the eye. Other uses are musical instruments, rocking chairs and if you ever wondered how they got the crook in a walking cane, now you know!

 

Cold Moulding

Another technique that George has developed from his marine experience is cold moulding. It is similar to fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) in as much as it involves the use of epoxy or polyester resins, but the structural component is wood. This maritime technique enables the use of thin wood veneer and epoxy to fabricate plywood in a very precise pattern, usually the complex shape of a boat hull.

A mould is made using basic frame this is covered with waxed paper or other material that epoxy would not normally adhere to. Narrow pieces of thin wood are secured to one end on the mould form and then carefully layered following the basic curve of the object until the desired thickness is reached. The thinner the material and the more layers the stronger the final form will be.

The uses of this technique could be for a beautiful wooded bath or sink or a variety of other items that we would be happy to consult with our clients’ on.

Epoxy Resins

George used epoxy resins extensively in the marine industry, the strength and water resistant features of them means they are excellent for repairing and protecting boats. Epoxy resin is an extremely versatile material and its uses are quickly broadening out and it being more universally used, particularly in our homes where it can add a modern contemporary feel to a room.

The exceptional adhesive properties of epoxy resins means they can be used with a variety of materials, including wood, metal, glass, stone, and some plastics, because of this it makes them an ideal choice when dealing with various materials. They are extremely versatile because they can be moulded into a wide range of objects of different shapes and sizes and can cater for the most exacting of specifications.

Their ability to be made flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque/coloured, fast setting or extremely slow setting means they can be developed to suit almost any application.

George recently made a bathroom sink for a client using epoxy resins, it was made from a reclaimed Jara railway sleeper and then coated with a clear epoxy resin to construct and seal the sink which was then cured/baked up to 100’c. This process makes it possible for boiling hot water to be poured into the sink and safe guard the clear finish from discolouring and indeed delaminating within the structural glued joints, the final product is also extremely stain resistant, easily cleaned and mechanically strong.

They are now available in a wide range of colours that will suit most colour schemes that makes them an excellent material to work with in the home and gives a modern feel to any space.