Sawing in the autumn sunshine!
After a busy summer season of meeting visitors, it's back to the business of making new pieces here at Orkney Hand Crafted Furniture.
We’ve been taking advantage of some stunning sunny weather in the islands to get outside and prepare our latest driftwood finds, before sculpting them into furniture pieces over the coming years.
Driftwood is such an important feature of what we do here. It’s the connection back to the traditional Orkney Chairs, as local folk used to gather it from the shoreline to build cheap but fully-functional furniture for their crofts and farmhouses.
These days, it’s just part of our process, but it’s one we love.
Sometimes, driftwood can take around three years to fully dry out before we can begin working with it, but this piece (which we found in the summer) had been washed up for some time, so hopefully it won’t take as long.
To help speed things up, we’ve invested in a new Wood-Mizer saw. It’s perfect for cutting large lengths of driftwood like this into boards, which allows the drying process to continue. We think this piece is Canadian Pine and it has had a ship worm through it, which only adds to the character of the wood.
It will be used for more driftwood Orkney Chairs and maybe some other small furniture items. And although our new saw is helping us prepare the wood, rest assured that everything else will still be cut, shaped and fitted by hand in our workshop, just like it was a century ago.