Last Thursday a Bespoke Green Oak Bed was seen (if only for a few short clips) on BBC2’s ‘Building Dream Homes’ Available on iPlayer for only one more day! The bed doesn’t appear until the last 5 minutes so don’t lose heart.
Inlaid butterfly joint detail to stop the cracks in the headboard opening up
The program followed a number of architects from across the UK. Wendy Perring of PAD Studio was the architect behind the stunning house in the New Forest in which the bed now resides.
Built in side tables with integrated power and light switches
The 3.3m long solid oak headboard helps give the master bedroom a natural feel, something that the owners were keen to achieve. The floor to ceiling glazing gives stunning views to the surrounding woodlands, helping to make the connection between the solid English oak of the bed and the surrounding trees.
Seasoned oak Sideboard and TV Unit with fumed oak detail.
Here are a few photo’s of a recent commission that I completed for a couple in Wiltshire.
Gentle curves to the outside of the legs are mirrored by the lines separating the sides of the doors and drawers. The customers wanted the face of the sideboard to have clean and simple lines. This was achieved by using hidden handles on the tops of the doors and the bottom of the drawer fronts. These lines were picked out by setting the drawer fronts and doors in front of fumed (darkened) oak frames.
Fuming is the process of darkening oak by exposing it to ammonia fumes. These fumes react with the oak’s natural tannins to change the colour. The length of time that you leave the oak exposed to the fumes determines the depth of colour. I’ll do a separate blog post on fuming soon. It is a remarkable process, which gives great results!
This is the TV Unit made to compliment the Sideboard. It uses the same gentle curved legs and fumed oak detail. The open cupboard on the left, houses the various sky boxes, dvd players, etc. and has a hole for power leads cut in the back of it. I think the drawer on the right is used to house a small family of remote controls!
I have also been commissioned to make two small side tables to accompany the Sideboard and TV Unit. I’ll put some photo’s of those up when I’ve got some good ones.
Photo’s of these pieces haven’t made it onto the BGO website yet but have a look at the medium gallery there to see more examples of past furniture commissions.
Green and seasoned oak double bed.
Here’s a few photo’s of a recent commission that I delivered to a couple in Oxfordshire last November.
The head and foot boards are both made up of a pegged green oak frame, with seasoned oak in fills. Random curved grooves were added to the in fill boards, to great effect. The head and foot are tied together by longitudinal stretchers, using large lapped dovetails to lock them in at either end. Diagonal bracing to the central stretcher prevent racking. Larch slats provide a base for the mattress.
At their wedding, instead of having a normal wedding gift list, the couple asked for contributions to a furniture fund, from which they were able to pay for this bed. A lovely idea that has given them the opportunity to commission a unique and personalized handmade marital bed.
Please visit the medium gallery on my website to see photo’s of other bed commissions. And if you like the idea of having a truly unique bed, handmade to your own design then please do contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07973 863 511