Most responsible societies now understand that everything must be achieved with the minimal impact on the environment and the creating of high quality woodwork is no different.

To achieve this I pursue the following principals in everything I create:

  • Source wood locally, to minimise transport costs
  • Use reclaimed wood where possible, to minimise the need to cut down trees
  • Buy from FSC approved forests, to ensure responsible forestry management
  • Make up large widths of timber from multiple small widths of wood (GluLam - Glued Laminated Wood) to minimise the use of single large widths of wood and therefore the need to fell large old trees
  • Use traditional hand tools to minimise the use of electric tools, jigsaws, circular saws, routers etc. and keep power usage to a minimum

While I can make your furniture in almost any wood I am limited by what I can buy and for how much.

Naturally, hardwoods, such as Beech, Oak etc, are much more expensive and harder to source than softwoods such as European Redwood.


Ash

The wood is hard (a hardwood), tough and very strong but elastic, extensively used for making bows, tool handles, quality wooden baseball bats, hurleys and other uses demanding high strength and resilience. It is also often used as material for electric guitar bodies and, less commonly, for acoustic guitar bodies, known for its bright, cutting tone and sustaining quality. They are also used for making drums shells. Ash veneers are extensively used in office furniture. It also makes excellent firewood. The two most economically important species for wood production are White Ash in eastern North America, and European Ash in Europe. The Green Ash is widely planted as a street tree in the United States.

Birch

Baltic Birch is among the most sought after wood in the manufacture of speaker cabinets. Birch has a natural resonance that peaks in the high and low frequencies, which are also the hardest for speakers to reproduce. This resonance compensates for the roll-off of low and high frequencies in the speakers, and evens the tone. Birch is known for having "natural EQ."Drums are often made from Birch. Prior to the 1970s, Birch was one of the most popular drum woods. Because of the need for greater volume and midrange clarity, drums were made almost entirely from maple until recently, when advancements in live sound reinforcement and drum mics have allowed the use of Birch in high volume situations. Birch drums have a natural boost in the high and low frequencies, which allow the drums to sound fuller.Birch wood is sometimes used as a tonewood for semi-acoustic and acoustic guitar bodies and occasionally used for solid-body guitar bodies. Birch wood is also a common material used in mallets for keyboard percussion.

Beech

Beech wood bends beautifully and can be turned easily making it an ideal material for furniture, particularly chairs. It is fine-grained and knot-free, the branches falling off early to leave a clean bole. Furthermore its light red-brown colour with darker flecks polishes to a superb natural finish. Beech chairs have been made in the Chiltcrns for centuries, and the woodlands there are managed to supply this still-thriving industry. The chairmakers - or 'bodgers' - once worked within the woods, setting up primitive lathes to turn the legs.

Maple

Some of the larger maple species have valuable timber, particularly Sugar Maple in North America, and Sycamore Maple in Europe. Sugar Maple wood, often known as "hard maple", is the wood of choice for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, and butcher's blocks. Maple wood is also used for the production of wooden baseball bats, though less often than ash or hickory due to the tendency of maple bats to shatter when broken. Some maple wood has a highly decorative wood grain, known as flame maple and quilt maple. This condition occurs randomly in individual trees of several species, and often cannot be detected until the wood has been sawn, though it is sometimes visible in the standing tree as a rippled pattern in the bark. Birdseye maple is another distinctive grain pattern. Maple is considered a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments. Maple is harder and has a brighter sound than Mahogany, which is the other major tonewood used in instrument manufacture.

Oak

Oak wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm³, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very attractive grain markings, particularly when quarter-sawn. Wide, quarter-sawn boards of oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior paneling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the British House of Commons in London, England, and in the construction of fine furniture. Oak wood, from Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, was used in Europe for the construction of ships, especially naval men of war, until the 19th century, and was the principal timber used in the construction of European timber-framed buildings. Today oakwood is still commonly used for furniture making and flooring, timber frame buildings, and for veneer production.

Pine

Pines are among the most commercially important of tree species, valued for their timber and wood pulp throughout the world. In temperate and tropical regions, they are fast-growing softwoods that will grow in relatively dense stands, their acidic decaying needles inhibiting the sprouting of competing hardwoods. Commercial pines are grown in plantations for timber that is denser, more resinous, and therefore more durable than spruce (Picea). Pine wood is widely used in high-value woodcraft items such as furniture, window frames, paneling and floors.