Discover the difference ancient joinery makes.
Although we build with many species of wood, such as black walnut, cherry, oak, sycamore, cypress, and pine, our primary woods are river recovered (sinker) pine and cypress. These reclaimed woods take on the amazing colors from the minerals in the water. Some logs submerged for as many as 200 years, have been dated by university experts at 1000 years old. Also, using reclaimed and recovered woods helps preserve existing forests for future generations.
Learn more about the wood by visiting the source at Bruner Lumber
"Ancient wood deserves ancient joinery" is more than a catchy slogan to us. The old time-tested joinery techniques are stronger, more appealing to the eye, and enhance the value of the piece. On any given build, you may find hand-cut dovetails, bridle joints, a pinned mortise and tenon, or tongue and groove joinery. When possible, we use the joinery not just as a structural element, but as a design feature. Nothing is more pleasing to a traditional woodworker than joinery well-chosen and properly executed by hand rather than by machine. Seasonal wood movement is controlled by joinery and grain selection.
No matter how unique the wood or how meticulous the joinery, heirloom quality furniture must have a beautiful and durable finish. We use only traditional products and techniques, no polyurethane, no lacquer, and never do we spray on a finish. Whether an oil finish, an oil/varnish mix, or a straight alkyd varnish finish, each coat is hand-rubbed to bring out the depth of the grain and the natural figure of the wood. On a surface like a table top that gets heavy, often wet use, that process can mean as many as ten coats. All surfaces are "rubbed out", a delicate hand-sanding process that smoothes the surface to a glassy feel while maintaining a real wood, satin sheen. The resulting finish is so durable that it only requires a coat of quality past wax perhaps once every two years, or let the piece age naturally and do nothing.
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Use arrows to view images of some of the wood that forms the foundation of our heirloom-quality furniture.
Use arrows to view images of our hand-rubbed finishes.