The mighty English oak is woven into the history and folklore of England. The timber is prized for its strength and durability. It is still used not only in the making of furniture, but also in the construction of houses, and of shipbuilding.
One of Steve’s latest table designs has been inspired by the great oak’s contribution to shipbuilding. The substantial and unusual looking Curved Edge Table is made in heavy English oak. Its wonderful shape and elegant lines feel almost like the crafted bow of a boat. The weighty table top gives it a real presence. While the distinctive form of the curved legs and the long low stretcher add quite a feature to the overall design. This table and matching benches have received a lot of attention in the showroom. Together they would make a striking centre piece in any home.
“Thank you so very much for our beautiful table and bench. We absolutely love them. Looking forwards to making many happy memories sat at your work of art.” Maxine & Neil, Odiham, Hampshire
The English oak has always enjoyed a close association with the Royal Navy. In fact their ships were constructed from oak timbers right up until the middle of the 19th century. This earned our Senior Service the nickname ‘the Wooden Walls of Old England’. Henry VIII’s much loved Mary Rose warship 1511 – 1545 that has been so carefully rescued and restored in close by Portsmouth, was also built using English oak. Since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, there have been eight warships called HMS Royal Oak. While the ‘Heart of Oak’ is the official march of the Navy.
The “Heart of Oak” is also the strongest part of the tree and Steve is committed to crafting furniture that is made to last a lifetime and beyond. He puts his heart and soul into every piece he designs and makes. He is careful to only work with mills that supply ethically sourced timber from sustainable forests. In fact every log that he uses has a serial number and can be traced back to where it was felled. He really values the trees that give him the history laden raw material that he works with everyday.
If you would like a handmade table, handmade seating or handmade furniture created to your own specifications, please send an enquiry to email@example.com or call Steve directly on 07989 392421