What we do with wood

From tree to table here's how we're different

Our hands are involved in every step of the process. Most importantly, we dry the wood to suit your home and it's climate.

Our favourite wood to work with is Bigleaf western maple, our next favourite is walnut and our next is fir and our next is elm. We just love wood! 

We strongly believe that correct kiln drying is the key to a table top that will last for generations.

Wood in its natural, solid form likes to move, warp and twist, if left to its own devices. We have developed a strict drying regime and a reinforcement system that will keep our table tops flat and functional for many, many years.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CRACKS OR KNOT HOLES?

Big natural slabs can have features that are not always practical dining or food preparation areas. We work with these ‘features’ and fill them with a natural resin to create a satin smooth surface that can be easily cleaned and cared for.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNIFORM AND CHARACTER GRADE MAPLE?

Uniform Grade is typically straighter wood with a lighter colour. There are still some knot holes and figuring but usually less then 30% of the table top. Typically these slabs have a straighter edge and, though some filling may be needed, glass inlay or rocks is very unlikely. Character Grade means that more than 30% of the table top has lots of colour and grain detail. Typically character slabs have a wilder edge, filling and glass inlays are more common.

Character grade
Uniform grade

 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ‘JOINED’ OR ‘GAPPED’?

We use these terms to describe the layout of the wood in the table top. Unless we are using a single slab wide enough to suit your needs, we take two or more slabs from the same tree and match them to create the desired size. These two slabs can then be ‘joined’ with a lamination seam or shaped into a curvy form which lends itself to being 'Gapped' with a 3/8" wide space between the planks. In this way, we celebrate the individual beauty of each huge plank.

Joined table top
Gapped table top

 

I LIKE THE TOPS WITH KNOTS, GLASS INLAYS OR ROCKS, HOW DO I ORDER THIS?

These are 'features' in a gapped or joined top there is no extra charge - it just depends on the piece of wood we are working with. If you particularly like the glass inlay, rocks or resin fills let us know and we will pick the wood for you with this in mind.

Tide pool feature
Tide pool feature

 

WHAT TYPE OF WOOD ARE YOUR WOODEN TABLE BASES MADE OF?

We have three wooden based table designs ‘Athabasca’, ‘Thetis’ and ‘Kinsol Trestle’. The Athabasca base is solid western maple. The Long Beach is a hollow leg made of solid western maple. The Kinsol Trestle is solid alder with a distressed texture.

WHAT STAIN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

We prefer to keep the natural color of the maple in our table tables but can offer tinted top coats and custom staining if needed. Our wooden table bases are available in Black, Espresso (dark brown) and clear.

Tree story
Ordering a custom piece