THE OLD FOX, COALEY, COTSWOLDS 0THE FOX & HOUNDS, COALEY, COTSWOLDS. A full interior design, build and installation project.
The Fine Wooden Article Company designs for Bay Gallery Home. 1
A beautiful collection of hand-crafted dining, coffee & occasional hair-pin leg tables made from sustainably sourced Cedar of Lebanon & featuring award-winning Bay Gallery Home's Australian Aboriginal Art ceramic tiles.
These designs were inspired by award-winning Bay Gallery Home's ceramic tiles, which are made from original Australian Aboriginal Artworks. Each table is crafted from sustainably sourced Cedar of Lebanon wood to showcase the stunning geometric ochre colourways of the My Country ceramic tile range & offset by an elegant hairpin leg design.
Our tables can be customised into bespoke pieces for your interiors – we are happy to tailor the design to your desire: from size & dimensions to the type of wood, thickness and type of legs you would prefer, or your preferred inlaid tile motif (see HERE).
Each of the ceramic tile designs tell the Australian Aboriginal myths, stories about their landscape, ecology & history. Money from the sale of the tables goes back to the Australian Aboriginal communities Bay Gallery Home represents.
The 'Cappuccino' Dining Table, layers of beautiful technical innovation. 1
The name for this Dining Table came in the workshop, as we reflected on the contrasting layered milk & coffee coloured grain of light English Ash and dark Black American Walnut. The design for this piece started, however, with a desire to make the aesthetic case for its structural jointing rather than hiding it away – to show off the beauty of traditional woodworking as much as to challenge ourselves with the greater levels of accuracy and tolerance now needed.
In our choice of woods, the marriage of English Ash & Black American Walnut seemed obvious: both woods with similar density & growth rings that would therefore move & age together, both contemporary, contrasting timbers perfect for showcasing the stylised joints & sculptural form of the table.
Our first point of inspiration was the traditional 'through dovetail joint', which we developed through experimentation, exaggerating & rounding its corners to increase the faying surfaces so that once glued the joint would be stronger – and now a design feature; we renamed it the 'fishtail' joint. The leg set joints were fitted at final assembly, the Ash legs & Black American Walnut splines all faying together in pleasing harmony – a highly rewarding moment!
We were keen to keep this style flowing throughout the piece, so when it came to the tabletop we paid attention to developing the traditional Butterfly joint, also known as the 'Butterfly Patch' – often used to check and hold timbers when edge jointing, nowadays commonly seen to check splits & faults in green timber, and equally extensively used in ship building. The table top is connected to the leg set via traditional Galleried Gantry Cleats, to allow it to swell & contract seasonally without the top's trueness distorting.
Our ambitious design required a painstaking process. We started our work by selecting and machining our wood, then developing & carefully testing the tooling to cut the joints. As these joints would be visible, the need for high levels of accuracy dictated lots of time working on the tolerances needed to create a perfect fit between legs & stretcher components, that each of the assembled parts sat fair to each other at the correct angles.
Our 'Cappuccino' Dining Table showcases the beauty of structural technique, making it an aesthetic focal point. We wished to create a piece that revealed rather than concealed the level of craftsmanship, whilst displaying the great quality of the wood. We are very proud of this uniquely elegant & structurally sophisticated piece, a meeting place of sculptural form and attention to detail.
Should you be interested in a bespoke variation of 'Cappuccino' for your interior space, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
This piece is sold in our SHOP.
- Peter Meredith
DESIGNER-MAKER ETHOS 0
The creative challenge of designing with wood...
We have a strong commitment to designing sustainably, which for us starts by understanding what our clients needs and desire. To this we bring our passion for the English hardwoods we work with & woodcraft knowledge.
We handcraft only from the finest materials and with the greatest care for functional ingenuity and finishing details, inspired by the raw material we have the privilege of working with. Combining traditional woodworking techniques with the finest modern tools & expertise, we fashion items with integrity that delight – unique, innovative, subtle & beautiful fine articles that stand the test of time.
Our bespoke designer-maker furniture design service draws upon sensitively considered materials & expert craftsmanship for investment or statement pieces that our clients cherish. Whether for interior or outdoor use, an adaptation of an existing design or something entirely new, we would be delighted to lend our skills to your project.
Contrasting Woods: Ash & Wenge 0
This design came from a client commission, and was a response to their desire for a beautiful, very well built piece designed to withstand the daily demands of family life.
In light of consultation with our clients, this subtle round solid Ash & Wenge table was inspired by research into a historic design from the Victoria & Albert Museum. In this piece, the harmonious symmetry of the table’s sculptural form is subtly emphasised by combining the lightness of Ash with the depth of Wenge woods in strategic, echoing details.
The design process was driven by a creative compromise between elegance and durability, exactly the type of challenge which we relish!
We used solid Ash from our own sustainable stocks, hand machining the table top by hand. After gluing up the pedestal, we put it through a 5 axis machining process to achieve the perfect roundness the design demanded.
To create a sculptural piece with definition, we focussed on strategic detailing and increased the colour contrast: the already white Ash has been stained white, whilst the dark Wenge is stained ebony. The piece is then finished with a high gloss to ensure it weathers the varied rigours of daily family use.
Should you be interested in a variation on this, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. This piece is sold through our SHOP.
DIMENSIONS & SPECIFICATIONS
Seats 6 Measure 150cm in diameter.
Made from solid Ash & Wenge from our own sustainably managed stock.
Due to weight and size, delivery is by arrangement. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss or to arrange a visit to our workshop.
- Peter Meredith
Inspired by the River: Cedar of Lebanon, Dovetail Jointed Legs & Butterfly Keys 1
'River Glass' Cedar Banquet Table with Dovetail jointed Legs & feature Butterfly key Benches
An exquisite, proportionally correct Cedar of Lebanon wooden banquet table that seats 16 – highly figured timber with exposed natural edges running down the centre of the table, gap bridged with shaped, toughened safety glass.
This piece was inspired by a local tree here in Gloucestershire, which was planted circa 1860 and felled in 2006. As our workshop is located by the mighty River Severn, we shaped the table in line with the flowing contours of the inset river glass. The table & benches are a natural centre piece for any interior and a delight to the touch. This is truly a design from the heart, which we would be happy to adapt for another space.
Made from 10 year seasoned 150 year old Cedar of Lebanon.
Approx. dimensions: L 3100 mm : H 7620 mm : D 1470 mm, with a 4" thick solid top).
The robust character of the timber lends the table and benches a substantial weight and pleasing feel. The top has been finished with a hard-wearing lacquer and the legs and benches have been oiled to enhance the grain, jointing work and natural edged features.
- Peter Meredith
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