Over the years we have collected a generous range of traditional tools, materials and pigments. Some of the tools we use in our workshop are one of a kind. It is impossible not to think about the people who have used them before ourselves. Placing our own hands in the spaces left by theirs connects us to the daily working lives of people and times that are long gone and reminds us that we are always following in the footsteps of master craftsmen from centuries past. We do use contemporary materials and techniques to enhance our essentially traditional approach, but prefer historic methods wherever possible.
We believe that working by hand develops a heightened awareness of the many subtle sensory cues in texture, colour and form that can conjure a convincing feeling of the past. Our antiquing effects perfectly complement the quality of our craft and can incorporate a bespoke selection of aging effects from the mellow patinas following prolonged exposure to sunlight, to the little nicks and scratches naturally arising from use over the course of years.
Craft makes our homes more human; being a healthy counterpart to the many identical, mass produced items that surround us daily. We sense the time, care and skill that goes into a hand made piece. Like life, in its slow accumulation of experience, a crafted piece is an expression of the maker during its creation. It speaks of the concentration and love with which the object was made. It can be sensual, intricate, full of sentiment and attractive imperfections. It carries with it the imprint of the hands that made it. Hand crafted furniture can be tailor made to meet unique specifications for unique properties, and this need not prove prohibitively expensive either. We see that it is certainly possible to hand craft fairly priced furniture and architectural joinery that retains the elegance, individual character and durability of a historic piece.