French oak delivery arrived at the workshop

From tree to table – transforming French oak into bespoke furniture

At Mark Williamson Furniture it’s very important to us where our raw materials come from, we take every care to ensure the wood for your furniture is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

It takes plenty of skill and experience to shape wood from its raw form into finished furniture, however what’s often not realised is that it can also take some heavy lifting. We recently took a large delivery of French oak for a regular client. Destined to be crafted into dining tables, benches, desks and coffee tables, the oak first needed to be manoeuvred into the workshop and cut to size. 

French oak delivery arrived at the workshop

French oak delivery arrived at the workshop

In this recent hot weather it was particularly hard work, with each piece of oak varying in length from 4.2metres to 5.2metres and weighing in the region of 100 kilos.

The oak outside the workshop ready to be carried inside

The oak outside the workshop ready to be carried inside

Once into the workshop, we began to craft the wood into bespoke furniture. It has such beauty in its raw state that one of our main aims was to bring out the patterns of the grain, the knots and different tones in the wood.

Book matching is a process that involves cutting the wood along the length of the tree and then opening it up like a book, so that the grain is mirrored on each side. Below you can see where this has been done, and the fantastic way in which this technique shows off the grain of the wood. 

French oak ‘book matched’ to show off the grain and provide symmetry to the piece prior to oiling.

French oak ‘book matched’ to show off the grain and provide symmetry to the piece prior to oiling.

 

These particular pieces of book matched wood were finished into a large dining table, complete with oak frame and legs, perfect for large family gatherings.

 

Book matched table top prior to sanding.

Book matched table top prior to sanding.

 

You can read more about our environmental policy and how we source our wood here.

Do you need more space for everyone around your table? If you need a new table, have a design in mind, or would like us to quote for a bespoke table, large or small, email us at mark@markwilliamsonfurniture.com or call 01296 706030

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