Furniture from your own tree

Furniture From Your Own Tree

British trees often contain absolutely beautiful timber that is frequently just cut up for firewood because that is what most tree surgeons do. Commercial sawmills don't help because they will rarely, if ever, collect anything less than a 40 tonne load, so even if you have a single log, what can you do with it?

Recent developments in portable sawmills and Land Rover trailers mean that Acorn Furniture can extract, transport, plank and kiln dry your tree to unlock the beauty hidden within.

Designing with you, Nick will provide inspiration and knowledge to produce designs that can be achieved with your timber for furniture that will be a blessing to you, your home and your descendants.

Pear Wood Table

This pear wood table came from a much loved garden tree that had blown down in a storm. Designs were agreed before I had seen the tree but the trunk and branches were all so twisted that we had to produce a new design requiring smaller pieces of timber. As with most fruit woods, pear is very hard and strong with a smooth grain and beautiful colour, especially when oiled.

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Refectory Table

I was contacted initially by tree surgeons working on private property in Delamere forest to see if I could use a small dead tree they had felled. The owners wanted a pair of matching refectory tables which was more that could be made from the available log so they decided that another, live tree could be spared from their beautiful woodland. The clients intend the tables to become family heirlooms.

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Marble Coffee Tables

This commission was made using the customer's own oak tree that had blown down. A pair of coffee tables was crafted to display two very different pieces of marble bought on holiday in India; one black octagon inlaid with the Taj Mahal and one translucent white pie-crust shape inlaid with blue flowers. Lights were fitted under the marble of the white one to highlight the flowers. The colours on the inlay of the black marble were beautifully enhanced by the colour of the oak.

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Television Cabinet

Once the coffee tables were complete, the clients decided that the next priority for that room was to hide the new television and increase the DVD storage. There was just enough timber remaining from their log for the visible parts of their cabinet.

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Coffee Tables

A variety of coffee tables.

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Statement Desk

Acorn ArborCare had removed an oak tree that had fallen on woodland belonging to a local accountant. He wanted a desk for his office making from the timber but wasn't at all clear as to the design he wanted. Two very different concepts were presented to the client during the initial stages of designing this desk, ranging from the traditional to the very contemporary. The contemporary design for this Statement Desk was chosen.

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Reception Desk

This reception desk was made for a business within the City walls in Chester from their own London plane tree that had to come down because it was starting to cause damage to their office building.

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Windsor Chair

This chair wasn't made from customer's own tree but from some yew wood that had been left in her late husband's workshop. He was a very skilled craftsman and she wanted something that he would have made for her.

Windsor Chair

Waney Edged Bookshelves

Again, these hand-crafted bookshelves weren't created from a tree in the customer's garden but from some quality waney edged oak they had been given by emigrating friends. A simple brief was given for the design; they liked the waney edged style, required some more storage for books and didn't want a back on the bookshelves so:

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"Russian" Windsor Chairs and Dining Table

A couple in North Wales had had an ash tree blow down a decade previously and which they had planked and air dried. They also did business in Russia and had seen an unusual design of chair in the Kremlin with curved crossing legs. This table and chairs are not copies but are inspired by that chair. Their ash tree produced some very unusual and beautiful patterns in their completed furniture.

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Music Stand and Kitchen Island Unit

This Music Stand and Kitchen Island Unit were two of a total of twelve pieces made over time from a huge tree that had fallen previously and the owners had had the foresight to get the trunk planked and stored to dry out. An unforeseen benefit of planning to use their own tree was that part of the trunk had a particular fungus (fistulina hepaticus or beefsteak fungus) which gives the oak a much richer and much sort after colour. This shows up in the kitchen island unit.

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Square Bowls

Nick was commissioned to make two matching bowls from a client's own beech tree that had failed in a storm. Normally beech is not a characterful timber but when spalted, it contains some beautiful colours and patterns.

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