by Charlotte Flemons
After a particularly busy spell in the office, Sam and I got a chance to pop into one of our favourite places – “Interesting Timbers”, which sells exactly what it says on the tin.
The company promotes the use of locally grown timber as a sustainable resource, a practice we are only too proud to support. They have resisted the trend to source their materials from across Europe and the rest of the world. They are often involved from before the tree is felled, through to sawing process to create boards, and eventually drying the material and preparing it for use by furniture makers and the like. They are involved in larger scale, building projects too.
We met with David and Catherine Simmonds who own the family run company, who were more than happy to help us with our project. David guided us through the stacks of wood in the wood store, which is an Aladdin’s cave for any keen woodworker. We wanted 4 different woods to create a set of drawers that displayed an eclectic mix of woods – a truly bespoke, beautiful piece of furniture for a kitchen island, for one of our clients.
We were not disappointed – David helped us select a wide variety of woods, some Spalted Birch, Cherry, Yew and some lovely dark Macassa Ebony he had been given from a friends clear out. A fantastic collection, each section with it’s own unique grain pattern and story of where it came from.
The finished cabinet is this stunning set of drawers, a truly bespoke addition to the client’s kitchen.