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500 Year Old Timber Used For Table
Handmade Table created from 500 year old Oak


500 year old Oak - Planked, Seasoned and ready for used Cabinet Maker using Cabinet Scraper to retain natural textures Side-on view of finished table Overview showing timber's natural grain and medulla; 2 of the 3 Walnut wedges showing through

In 1937 a 500 year old Oak tree blew over in Oxfordshire. The timber was planked, stacked and would be ready to use 2 - 3 years later when it had become seasoned. The log was deemed to be of the finest cut of Oak seen for many years and therefore was saved and destined for special use. Over the years the log became forgotten with more and more planks being piled upon these exceptional boards. Two generations of Saw Millers later, the timber was re-discovered during a retirement sale and sold to Wheathills.

The inaugaral piece has been created and inspired by an ancient staddle stone that stands outside Wheathills which is of a similar age to that of the Oak tree.

All the natural character and complex grain configuration has been completely conserved. The pure beauty of nature's creation can never be recreated so the design followed the natural form of the tree.

Traditional techniques were employed in the table's creation, and the Cabinet Makers used Cabinet Scrapers to maintain the timber's natural undulation and texture.

The bark has been removed in places to reveal the buds beneath, and in other areas bark has been consolidated with Conservation Resin. The objective was to conserve and enhance the natural appearance, even the 'bark pocket' within the board was conserved as part of the natural appearance.

The surreal appearance of the table was further improved by the design that gave the table the appearance of not being able to support itself. The single leg was positioned to the far right and a brace supported the top that was jointed through the board, and for further effect the joints were wedges of Walnut.

"Personally I have never seen such a section of timber that exhibits almost every cut of timber in one board - absolutely exquisite. - Nigel Heldreich"

All of our bespoke furniture is 100% handmade by Wheathills craftsmen,the coffee table was created by the Cabinet Makers and finished by the traditional French Polishers.

Here are a few further examples of Wheathills' handmade bespoke Fine English Furniture:
Traditional Coffee Table
Games Table
Display Cabinet
Handmade Designer Sideboard
Radiator Cabinets
Pair Of Wine Cabinets
Contemporary Table
Handmade Contemporary Coffee Table
Marquetry Memory Boxes

To further your interest in our Handmade Furniture services please email us or ring us on Derby (01332) 824819 , also you are very welcome to visit us in our restored 18th Century Derbyshire premises at Wheathills Farm, Brun Lane, Derby, DE22 4LY - please see our Contact Page for a map.


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