In keeping with the craftsman style of our furniture, we use a combination of traditional wood working joints to make sure they stay together. Mortise and tenon joinery is used extensively in all our pieces, which are then secured in place with wooden pegs and waterproof glue. As a result, our pieces are shipped complete and don’t come flat packed.
We use a variety of timber species depending on the type of furniture and its location.
1. Iroko Milicia excelsa, M. regia (syn. Chlorophora excelsa, C. regia) The timber occurs in Tropical Africa and is extremely durable resistant to both insect attack and rot. It is used extensively in boat building and is considered a worthy substitute for teak. Its ideal for outdoor furniture and does not require any treatment.
2. Oak Quercus alba. The timber occurs abundantly in the Eastern United states. Oak has long been associated with Craftsman style furniture due to its strength and stable temperament, Its high Tanin content allows Oak to undergo a process called ammonia fuming where the timber is exposed to ammonia fumes in a sealed chamber resulting in the darkening of the timber. The result is a rich brown without the application of any wipe on surface stains.
3. African Mahogany Khaya spp. (Khaya anthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis) The timber occurs in West tropical Africa and is considered a suitable substitute for Honduran (genuine) Mahogany. It is deep reddish brown in appearance and tends to darken with age.