Bespoke Projects

  • Creativity at Christmas

    Amongst the pre-Christmas rush at British Hardwoods, Tony has been hard at work with his own specialist project. Tony has spent the last couple of days creating a very organic looking king-sized oak bed frame.

    King Size Oak Bed Frame King Size Oak Bed Frame

    The corner posts have been created from air dried oak beams and fixed together with draw peg mortise and tenon joints. The headboard has been produced from Waney Edge English Oak with the remaining pieces of the bed made from hand-planed from kiln-dried French Oak.

    Draw peg mortise and tenon Draw peg mortise and tenon

    It looks to be a very sturdy frame, I'm sure Tony will test it over Christmas to see how well it holds.

  • The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey

    On the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate sits the Tithe Barn, a 500 year old Grade II listed building waiting to be restored into something quite magical. Permission for change of use and refurbishment was granted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The barn is now used as a high quality wedding venue, with a capacity to take up to 200 guests. The barn's Trustees' felt using the building in this way will not only conserve and highlight its' national importance, but it will have several community benefits, as members of the public will have access and be able to appreciate the internal structure of the barn, along with the creation of full-time jobs.

    British Hardwoods were exclusively chosen as the supplier towards the restoration of the barn's 16th century oak timber frame. The main bulk of the products supplied were our Hand Planed Air Dried Oak Beams. As you will see from the photos, the beams were hand-worked to ensure it adhered to the character and organic look of the original beams.

    If you are interested in viewing the venue, get in touch with The Tithe Barn - Bolton Abbey Ltd.

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    The bar top was made from our Air Dried Oak Beam The bar top was made from our Air Dried Oak Beam

    Tony Fillingham (British Hardwoods MD, left) and Rob McKay Tony Fillingham (British Hardwoods MD, left) and Rob McKay

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    Air dried oak beams used at the front entrance of Tithe Barn Air dried oak beams used at the front entrance of Tithe Barn

    Restoration of traditional oak beams Restoration of traditional oak beams

    Air dried oak beams used at the front entrance of Tithe Barn Air dried oak beams used at the front entrance of Tithe Barn

    Restoration of traditional oak beams and creation of bar top Restoration of traditional oak beams and creation of bar top

    Supply of Solid Oak Mopstick Handrail Supply of Solid Oak Mopstick Handrail
  • Handcrafted Wych Elm Tabletop

    If you follow us on our social media channels you will recall a post we made about our MD, Tony Fillingham, showcasing a bespoke tabletop project. The project has recently completed and we couldn't contain our excitement in sharing the photos of the finished product before the customer came to collect it.

    To give our new readers some background into the provenance and timber used, we acquired a Wych Elm log from Banff in Scotland. The log was sawn into 4" slabs and kiln-dried onsite. The log produced impressive slabs and one in particular stood out perfectly for the project. The board was sanded down to 2.5" thick and stretched to 30" wide, 7ft long and pre-finished with Osmo Hardwax Oil in Satin Clear. The tabletop was mounted onto a custom made ultra clear perspex legs at 30mm thick and polished edges.

    So, we will now let the photos speak for themselves.

    Wych Elm tabletop before oiling

    Wych Elm tabletop close up

    Tony next to his creation of the Wych Elm tabletop

    Tony giving a final buff to the Wych Elm tabletop

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop in customer's dining room

    If you're interested to know more about this project or have something similar in mind, feel free to visit us or contact our very helpful Sales Team at sales@britishhardwoods.co.uk.

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