We passionately believe each piece of furniture we craft should celebrate the true character and natural beauty of the wood.
Within a tree's lifetime weather conditions will vary, its speed of growth will alter, nutrients will need to be carried to branches and some lower branches will grow and be eaten by deer and other animals. All of these create changes in grain, colour and pattern, medullary rays (or white flowering) and, knots as the tree heals around the old branch.
We are cabinet makers who want our furniture to tell that story. The tale of a tree is there to be seen in a piece of furniture crafted to last a lifetime.
The Wood for our Furniture
Four Corners hand built simple designs allow the beauty of the wood to be seen. Our range of handles and knobs create versatility. Our furniture looks at home in traditional and contemporary settings.
The furniture is easy to maintain. Our Oak has a Danish Oil finish that both protects and feeds the wood. The pine is finished with a beeswax and linseed oil mix that nurtures and protects the wood. The Sawn Mango is protected by a matt lacquer and just needs a simple wipe clean. Please click here for more information on caring for your furniture.
Where does our Oak & Pine come from?
We buy our Oak and Pine from the forests surrounding Our Workshop in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Here there are wolves, brown bears, lynx, wild boar and the rare Carpathian Chamois, a cross between a goat and antelope.
The forests are strictly controlled by the Romanian equivalent of the Forestry Commission, RomSilva, and they have a policy of no clear felling (football pitch sized devastation of forests). The trees are chosen individually and felled. They are then drawn from the forest by ponies to minimise ecological damage and, 10 saplings are planted in the tree's place.
We buy this licensed wood. It never travels more than 30 miles before we craft it into our furniture. There is a rich history of cabinet making in the area and we are lucky to work with the best crafts people around. Want to know more about how we make your furniture? Follow this link to see David, Doina, Cristi and the team at work.
The 'green' wood is sawn into planks and then dried in our own kilns, powered by the waste wood we've created making furniture. Dried wood is more stable than green which can warp, split and buckle as it matures and dries.
Did you know? The Oak planks we use for the majority of our furniture take about 3 months to dry, thicker planks can take years!
Only 25% of the wood is great enough to make our furniture - do we waste the rest? Not at all, it's all used. The off cuts are used to fire our kiln and household firewood. Even the sawdust our craftsmen create when finishing your furniture is used to keep tomato plants warm in the greenhouses!
All this care and attention creates pieces of furniture as unique as the trees they have been crafted from.
Our Oak famous for its character, is obtained through utilising the natural variations in oak. We especially look for strong grain, knots, medullary rays (as often seen in antique pieces) and variations in the colour.
Medullary rays or white flowering are the effect created by the vessels within the tree carrying nutrients from the heart of the tree across to the branches and their effects are much prized.
As cabinet makers we have a vast wealth of experience in producing stable pieces that do not move or crack. We have minimised this movement by using kiln dried Oak frames and where needed a high quality oak veneer panel, to stop any expansion and contraction caused by changes of temperature and humidity. The oak veneer we have chosen has a high grade layer of characterful oak on both the inside and the outside.
Our Quaker Oak furniture is finished in at least two coats of Danish Oil. This natural oil highlights the beauty of the wood as well as feeding and protecting it. For more information about caring for your Oak furniture please click here.
Our pine furniture is created from Spruce & Fir varieties. The designs are based on traditional pine designs and the finish is particularly friendly and warm.
Did you know smaller spruce and fir are regularly used as Christmas trees?
The pine too has interesting grain, knots and natural variations in colour. These particular trees have wood that doesn't suffer from the rather unpleasant orangey - yellowing that can happen to some pine. You needn't fear a few years down the line your Four Corners Pine Furniture will look like it's has a spray tan!
To really show the character of the wood we apply a natural stain to the pine made with charcoal from walnut shells to provide a natural warm finish.
As cabinet makers we have a vast wealth of experience in producing stable pieces that do not move or crack. We have minimised this movement by using kiln dried wood and where needed a high quality beech veneer panel in drawer and blanket box bases, to stop any expansion and contraction caused by changes of temperature and humidity. The beech veneer we have chosen has a high grade layer of wood on both the inside and the outside and is an excellent match to the Pine.
Finally the piece of furniture is finished in our own oil, a combination of linseed oil and beeswax. This protects and feeds the furniture. For more information about caring for your Pine furniture please click here.