Bespoke Projects

  • British Hardwoods Office Renovation

    Visitors to our factory and showrooms here in Yorkshire will have noticed a few changes to our office recently. When we first moved here, more than 12 years ago, we didn't have time to worry too much about the floor that was put down in the office, our priority was to get our systems up and running as soon as possible. We think that now is a good time for an update and to take the opportunity to showcase our beautiful Engineered Wood Flooring.

    The British Hardwoods office is a lovely size (45m2 ) but we perhaps were not making the best use of the area. We decided to split our large rectangular office into two horseshoe shaped sections to provide us with much needed desk space. Our Managing Directory, Tony Fillingham, set the renovations in motion, and the following photos show his step-by-step process to date:

    Blurb A narrow rectangular section is removed from a floorboard in the centre of the room

    blurb Using a Fein multitool to cut across the remaining section of the board . . .

    blurb . . . the whole board is carefully removed from the adjoining floorboards

    blurb This "open" section is now drilled through to locate the position of the joist

    blurb With the joist located a newly machined oak newel post is secured in place

    blurb With the newel post in place the framework for the partition is quickly erected by Tony

    The framework is position With the framework now in position - the change in the layout of the office becomes apparent

    blurb Next, the partition framework is plasterboarded . . .

    blurb . . . and quickly skimmed with plaster

    blurb The plaster receives a coat of emulsion and is topped off with a beautiful oak shelf

    blurb David and Jamie looking pleased with the new layout

    blurb With the wiring and sockets now in place - we are ready to re-arrange the desks into the new layout

    All the work to the office so far has been undertaken solely by Tony - showing his all-round versatility. Despite a busy order book, our flooring department have managed to manufacture our new Engineered Classic Grade Oak Flooring.  We are always so busy that trying to find an appropriate time to lay it so as to cause minimal disruption is quite a challenge. Once the new floor is laid, we also plan to change all our desks to our own handmade oak desks - which should look truly beautiful.

    We are now looking forward to stage 2 and will keep our blog updated with new photos when we have them. Thank you to all our customers who have called in, for bearing with us whilst our renovations are in progress.

  • Fabulous Oak Dining Table and Bench

    A couple of months ago one of our customers kindly sent us some superb photos of a project he had just completed using our large waney edged oak boards. We were really impressed with his beautiful bespoke design and wanted to share it on our blog.

    The factory guys helped him select and sand the boards, at our factory here in Yorkshire - but that was only the very start of the project.

    Table 4

    Three large waney edged boards form the basis of the design. One for the bench seat and two make up the dining table top - inset with toughened glass. Each board displays the natural beauty of the heartwood and the sap band of the oak.

    Table 5

    We especially love the matching "X" design of the legs on both the bench and table and also the clearly visible growth rings on the ends of the boards.

    Table 6

    It's hard to believe, but this is the first project of this sort that our customer has undertaken - and we're sure it won't be his last! Thank you Tom for sharing your pictures with us - your dining table and bench are truly stunning.


  • Tradition Oak Flooring at the Busfeild Arms

    When a local 19th century public house required a new wood floor for their public areas, they needed a product which would reflect the character of the traditional old building.

    busfeild arms east morton

    The Busfeild Arms at East Morton in Keighley was built as a school in the 19th Century and converted to a public house in 1880, originally called The Hare & Hounds. Our Tradition Aged Oak Flooring was specified for the bar area to complement the existing dark oak beams and bar. Our Tradition Oak Flooring is one of our most labour-intensive wood floors. Its aged beauty is achieved by several separate processes, each adding an extra dimension to the unique appearance of the floor.

    tradition aged oak flooring

    Firstly, using a rustic grade of European oak timber, newly machined floorboards are passed through our custom-made distressing machine, imparting random indentations to the surface and edges. The boards are then wire brushed which raises the grain of the timber and adds texture to the surface. Lastly, the boards are fumed, a chemical process which darkens the timber, enhancing its aged appearance.

    busfield arms tradition oak flooring

    The floor was pre-finished with Osmo Hardwax Oil which further enhanced the rich tone of the wood. The Busfeild Arms' owners periodically re-apply additional coats of hardwax oil to maintain the finish. As part of the project, we also handcrafted several oak circular table tops, which were fumed and oiled to match the wood floor. The finished bar room looks truly in-keeping with this beautiful period property.

    busfeild arms oak plate

    As a small ongoing project we also supply the Busfeild Arms with sanded European oak serving boards. We seal these with Osmo Wood Protector and Hardwax Oil, producing a completely food-safe finish.

    If you find yourself passing through the village of East Morton, call in for a quick refreshment, we highly recommend their delicious menu, and the floor looks good too.

    To view our full range of solid oak floors click here >>


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