The Timber Tailor’s style and aesthetic has been developed from an appreciation of the honesty and functional grace found in the Arts and Crafts style.
Careful and creative interpretation of the Arts and Crafts style can result in a style of furniture design that gives joy to the eye and satisfaction to the hand and the mind.
Following this style results in construction and logic to any piece that will be immediately evident and revealed to the viewer. Everything makes immediate sense to the eye and invites the hand to touch, explore and use the furniture.
Restrained styling and techniques are used to achieve a balance between something wonderful and something inviting and comfortable for daily use.
To quote an essay on wood by JB Priestley from “Delight” published in 1948.
“I am not as clumsy with my hands as many bookish men I know, but I have never had any training or practice in handcrafts, and apart from sawing and splitting logs and knocking a nail in here and there, I have had little to do with wood. Yet I never go where wood is being worked, never stand near a joiner, carpenter or cabinet-maker, without feeling a tickle of delight. To handle newly planed wood, or even look at it or smell it, is to receive a message that life can still be in good heart. The very shavings are a crisp confirmation. There is mystery here.
I put my hand on the desk on which I am writing now, and it is almost like my palm fell on the shoulder of a brother. Into this patient material have passed rain and sun, steely mornings in March, the glow of October: it has lived as some secret part of us still lives.”
Traditional solid wood construction, hand cut dovetails and carefully executed and traditional joinery form the foundation of the Timber Tailor’s work. Frame and panel construction, mortise and tenon joints, sliding dovetails, lamination, miters, lap joints, slip joints etc.
Modern construction techniques are also used where appropriate: biscuit joinery, dowels, dominoes and the like all fall within the Timber Tailor’s compass.
Furniture is made to be used and finishing is very important to protect wood against dust and exposure to air and general use. Equally important is the role finishing has in drawing the best from the colour and texture of wood.
Wood has a very particular feel under the fingers. The first instinct of many people when drawn to a finished piece of furniture, or even a piece of raw wood, is to reach out and feel it with their fingers.
The finish formulation used on any given piece will be carefully selected, mixed and prepared to match the wood and intended use of the piece.
The Timber Tailor has developed a range of traditional finishing formulations including waxes, oils, shellac.
Waxes selected from Carnauba, Candelillia and Bee’s wax are carefully formulated using natural solvents selected from pure gum turpentine, orange and lemon oils. Proprietary wax blends including Renaissance Wax will be used where appropriate.
Oils selected from Linseed, Tung, and selected proprietary formulations are all carefully considered to give the best results to reveal the beauty of the wood selected for the piece.
Varnish, Lacquer, etc, are also used; modern finishes are considered where appropriate including polyurethane.
The natural beauty and pensive lustre of a well finished wooded surface along with consideration of the durability and practical use of a piece are always on the Timber Tailor’s mind.