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.
Just a really quick note to let all you facebook users out there know about BGO’s Valentines competition!
WIN a pair of Lovers’ Tealight holders for Valentines Day!
Lovingly handmade in the BGO workshop, from sustainably sourced English oak. These unique little blocks of love, exclusive to BGO, are sure to touch the heart of your nearest and dearest.
To enter simply go to the BGO facebook page www.facebook.com/bespokegreenoak and ‘like’ it. Then ‘share’ the competition post.
The winner will be chosen at random from all the sharers and likers and announced on Sunday 10th February. Good luck!
Apologies to all non-facebook users, as most of the above will be total mumbo jumbo to you!
The Lovers’ Tealight Holders are available for £15 a pair (including 2 tealights and UK mainland P&P).
To be sure of getting your hands on a pair please get in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 07973 863 511 to order yours today. Last orders in time for Valentines Monday 11th February.
Here are some photo’s of a green oak pergola that I recently installed for a couple in Surrey.
The pergola nestles into a space near the house where a swimming pool once was.
Once vines have been established over it it will provide a very cosy space to sit and bbq in those warm summer evenings that we are bound to get next year… Surely!? In the meantime some chilly stargazing through the rafters will have to suffice!
This photo shows the braces, the traditional pegged mortice and tenon joints and the detailing of how the top rafter locks over the top of the posts and cross rafters.
This snap shows one of the top post joints ready to be pegged. Also in shot was probably the most useful tool of the day, the ‘Mighty Thor’! My heavy copper/hide mallet, perfect for banging in pegs and the fine adjustment of 6″ green oak posts!
Through this commission I met a very fine chap called Gordon Croy of Accent Garden Designs. To whom I must extend my thanks for ensuring the site was ready to accept the pergola and hence making it a very straightforward raising! Have a look at the AGC website to find out more about them and to have a nose around some lovely gardens!
Finally I must apologize for my prolonged absence from blog writing! My girlfriend and I (and lots of extremely kind friends and, paint brush wielding, family members) have been very busy (totally!) refurbishing our new house. I hope to keep you all more up to date with BGO developments, news and musings throughout the twilight of 2012 and onwards into 2013.
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.
Here’s a nice little write up Bespoke Green Oak had in this month’s issue of a local community magazine, the Test Valley Forum Magazine.