What We Do
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SOURCINGAll projects begin at the same place – sourcing materials. Our bamboo poles are from Maryland. The Teak and Mahogany we use comes from a source in California that painstakingly checks to make sure the wood is responsibly harvested. Many of the textiles we use are vintage and antique. And our reclaimed and heritage woods either come from old teardowns in the city or from fallen trees in Westchester County and Staten Island.
The majority of our projects are made with domestic solid woods, such as Walnut, Cherry, and Maple. These woods originate from a family-run mill on the Delaware /Pennsylvania Border. We choose to buy and hand select our woods here for their quality. The wood comes directly from the property and has been properly air dried to ensure proper moisture content. Air drying also preserves the variations in color of the wood that is normally lost in kiln drying processes.
Before I drive down to the mill, I’ll send my drawings in advance so the mill can pre-select a flitch (a stack of sequenced boards all from the same tree) of wood appropriate for the project. I love that the mill is equally interested in making sure the client receives the finest wood available for their projects..
CONSTRUCTIONWhat separates our work from most others is our dedicated use of hand cut Japanese-style joinery. It’s our belief that furniture should be constructed to last and become heirloom pieces. One way to assure a long life is to rely on hand cut joinery and avoid metal fasteners (screws, brad nails, etc.) Developed in Japan many years ago, these methods have been proven to be the best carpentry methods known, as evidenced by the many wooden structures and temples that are centuries old and still standing.
FINISHINGOur furniture and custom cabinetry are finished in one of two ways. Either the finish is hand applied or we have it spray finished in our spray booth. Both methods are top quality. Each is individually evaluated to determine which method is most appropriate..
Our hand finishing consists of applying many layers of a poly/oil blend over the course of a week until the right amount of protection and sheen are achieved. This method is most appropriate for our lighting shades and other pieces that receive very little handling and wear.
For heavier use pieces and cabinetry, we use General Brand waterborne urethane and polyurethane lacquers, which are low V.O.C. (volatile organic compound) and have ZERO off gassing. We use this finish for both clear and color lacquer finishing. On occasion and by request, we also offer milk and collagen based finishes for clients with allergies or in the case of children’s furniture.