Bespoke Projects

  • 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.

  • British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    We are pleased to announce an exciting new venture for British Hardwoods starting early in the New Year. As part of our ongoing expansion, we have allocated space for a fully equipped teaching area, and have teamed up with experienced tutor Chris Tribe, who will be running a series of weekend woodwork courses, here at our premises in Yorkshire.

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    The courses are aimed at the beginner woodworker and will focus on hand tools, covering the basic techniques such as tool sharpening and maintenance, basic jointing and dovetailing. The courses provide a firm foundation in the essentials of woodworking; sharp tools, precise measuring and marking technique, accurate sawing and planing, and the development of a meticulous approach. From this basis, sound woodworking technique can be built. Mixing this with the “woody” environment at British Hardwoods should make the courses an interesting and stimulating experience.

    Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork Basic Skills Course

    Chris has been making furniture since 1975 and became a professional designer/maker in 1990. After many years experience teaching evening classes at Loxley College in Sheffield,  Huddersfield Technical College and then at Leeds College of Art and Design, Chris started teaching small groups in his own workshop. The popularity of his courses has meant that Chris now spends a good deal more of his time teaching than making, and we are pleased to be collaborating with him on this exciting new project.

    Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses

    The courses dates are as follows:

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance:

    13th-14th January 2018

    28th-29th April 2018

    18th-19th August 2018

    1st-2nd December 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course

    Basic Skills:

    24th-25th February 2018

    9th-10th May 2018

    29th-30th September 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Basic Skills Course

    Dovetailing:

    24th-25th March 2018

    14th-15th July 2018

    27th-28th October 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Dovetailing Course

    Places on each course are limited, and some courses are already filling up, so please book early to reserve your place.

    If you’re not sure which course would best suit your needs, Chris would be happy to advise you. His full contact details can be found on his website: www.christribefurniturecourses.com

     

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