Our goal is to craft each piece of furniture as close to perfect as our creator will allow, and during that process, we place a tremendous focus on the material we use: Wood. We understand that in order for us to make beautiful furniture, a mature tree must fall, and we don’t take that event lightly.
We begin by designing pieces which make the most efficient use of common sized timbers. Our Morris chair designs are a great example of our commitment. Lumber is typically available in lengths of eight to sixteen feet long, in two foot long increments. So we intentionally designed our Morris chairs with six 23 inch long structural components, this way all of the major rails can be cut from a single twelve foot long board, leaving very little wood remnants.
And while other shops and studios would just throw these small “Scrap” remnants away, factoring “waste” into the cost of the piece, we set them aside in a “Shorts Bin”, knowing that they can be used for smaller applications such as spindles, cleats, and floating tennons.
Any scraps or cut-offs from this point are placed into a bin for even smaller remnants, which are sorted through and used as pulls, or knobs, like the adjusters on our Morris chair. Or perhaps for pegs to lock our traditional mortise and tennon joinery together for perpetuity. Slightly larger pieces, roughly the size of a playing card, are saved for finishing samples we provide on request to our clients. All of this sorting and handling increases labor, but we feel our clients appreciate our commitment to the environment, and our respect to the source of our materials
Even the saw dust and hand planed wood shavings created while hand crafting our work doesn’t go to waste. They are collected and composted on site, to nourish our wonderful natural vegetable garden. Which, by the way, is irrigated by rain water that runs off the roof of our studio, and is collected in a three hundred gallon cistern.
Our respect doesn’t end with eliminating waste though. Our designs must stand the test of time. And while it’s true that our furniture will last for many generations to enjoy, ultimately we design it to last at least as long as it would take for a seedling planted today, to reach maturity, and replenish the forests it came from.
“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little cheaper”