Making you the Four Poster Bed of your dreams.
Our aim is to make you the four poster bed, or other piece of furniture that you have been dreaming of. We thrive on the words, "That's Exactly What We Wanted" If you like what you see and there is something that you have been dreaming of for years, then please don't hesitate to ask us and we will try to put it into reality.
Our Background and What We Do
Stephen Edwards has been brought up on a Herefordshire farm all of his life, in the beautiful, rural area on the English/Welsh border, known as The Marches. His mother and father are both from farming families, but they gave Stephen the opportunity to develop his skills in the furniture making industry, without pressure to return to the family way of life, working on the farm.
Redundant buildings have been utilised to keep overheads to a minimum, and the money saved has been ploughed straight back into the business to buy machinery and equipment, and to build up stock, of both timber and finished products. Examples of most of the furniture can be seen if you visit the showroom, and although it may not be the size that you would like, it will give them a good indication of the things that we can make to your requirements
The furniture is made using locally grown, sustainable timber, predominantly oak. Whole tree trunks are supplied by a local woodsman then cut into various sized planks according to the furniture that we are likely to make from them. For example, 1" timber is used in the majority of cabinet work, 2" is used to make table tops, and the 3" and 4" is used to make table legs and four poster bed posts.
A local timber contractor with a mobile planking machine, comes for several days during the year, to process the wood delivered to the workshops. The highly experienced mill operator (Ian Carmichael, owner of the company, Teme Timber,) and Stephen Edwards both inspect each log being processed, so that the maximum quality wood can be harvested for your furniture. Great care is taken to machine the boards to gain the maximum beauty of the wood as decades of growth are revealed with each pass of the saw.
Boards are placed in a stack, with sticks between them to allow air to circulate through the boards and dry them out slowly, until they are as dry as the air flowing through them. This is known as 'air drying', and in Britain will bring the moisture content down to about 15-18%. This will not however, dry the wood sufficiently for use in furniture placed in your house, especially if it is in a dry centrally heated home. The use of a simple dehumidifying kiln will take the moisture content of the timber down to a satisfactory level, before it is used to make your final product.
Timber is placed into a kiln, which is basically an insulated box, where heat can be introduced to help the excess moisture to come to the surface of the board. Moisture can then be extracted from the air within the kiln, using a refrigeration unit and timer. Once the wood has reached the desired moisture content, about 12%, it can be cooled down slowly, to avoid putting stresses in the planks, and then use them to make your furniture.
Most of wood used is English oak and ash but we also dry smaller quantities of sycamore, Douglas Fir, yew and walnut. Producing our own dried timber, allows us to keep a close eye on quality control throughout the whole process. Our craftsmen can select wood for your furniture from a comprehensive stock of timber built up over the years from local sources. Furniture made from West African mahogany, American cherry etc., also comes from sustainable forests.
Much thought is going into the use of timber from local sources within the business, without losing quality within the end product, and we are working hand in hand with The Marches Woodland Initiative (MWI) to achieve this as far as possible.
Their objective is to utilise small woodlands in the Marches area, half of which are not been managed to their full potential. The target is to bring currently under-managed woodland into active management, produce additional sustainable timber and create jobs, both directly and indirectly. The MWI is actively helping to develop ideas that promote and increase local woodland management and industry.