Furniture From Your Tree

Unique trees make unique furniture

Planking locally sourced beech

Planking a fallen beech in a local wood.

Seasoning beech and birch

Sycamore planks start the drying process.

The prime aim of our Social Enterprise is to increase the tree population of the UK. One of the ways that we achieve this is to use trees to make furniture that would otherwise go to waste, such as those felled due to old age, safety fears or to enable development. A tree can become a part of the family, a feature of the place where you have lived that forms the background to your family’s lives. If you need to bring down either a complete tree or even just a significant part of it we can help to ensure that it remains a part of your life by transforming it into a unique piece of furniture. This can range from a complete piece to a simple desk or table top.

Ideally we would discuss options prior to any work to fell the tree being undertaken so that we can agree what is to be made and produce preliminary designs for your approval. Our aim is always to design a piece that could only have come from your tree, so it will incorporate both the unique shape and material qualities of your tree. We can then ensure that the elements of the tree that we wish to incorporate into the work are removed intact but we can also produce original and unique creations from trees that have been brought down (completely or in part) by the wind. We can work either with your tree surgeon or we can engage ones that we have worked with before who know the way we work and our requirements.

We then mill the timber and take it away to season prior to constructing your piece. We can leave the remainder of the tree with you or remove it.  Around a year is required to air dry a two inch thick piece of timber before it spends a month or so in our kiln to get its moisture content down to the level it will reach in a modern home, so it can be a long term project. Consequently, we ask for stage payments to cover the initial processing of the tree and a final payment to cover the production of your furniture which we will agree with you in advance. You will receive regular updates as the project progresses and we will run through options as the design develops to ensure that you receive a piece of furniture that is as personal to you as the tree was.

One of our customers put it better than I ever could:

“My husband was absolutely delighted with the side table. It made his birthday. Every time we look at it, we hear the children’s whoops of delight the very first time we arrived at the house and they laid eyes on the cedar. For so many years it put up with children scaling its branches, building dens and playing ships. A friend indeed. Thank you especially for choosing the pieces of wood so carefully to find such rich colours and such pleasing whorls and waves. You seem to have captured its essence. The tree was magnificent; who could have known it was as beautiful on the inside as it was on the outside?”

We are in contact with other like minded businesses and supply each other with similarly sourced timber so, even if you have a tree we can make furniture for you that is as unique as the tree it came from. Equally if you have a tree that needs to come down but don’t like the idea of it going to waste, get in touch. There is every chance that we can make use of it and reduce the demand for harvested timber and further reduction of the UK’s tree stock.

An initial chat is, of course, free and completely without obligation. If you would like to read about one of our previous projects there is more information here.