Each piece of our furniture will last about 150 years. As it ages, the elasticity of wood declines very slowly, and the fibres become brittle. Our choice of wood and design is informed by extensive experience in restoration, where we can see the effects and determine the causes of aging.
This means that we work with the seasonal expansion and contraction of the wood, and that we treat our furniture so that, for example, the legs of our tables and chairs suffer the bare minimum of deterioration, and the surfaces are carefully protected from the kinds of wear or stains they will experience. This does not compromise the beauty of our furniture, but is an important part of it. Beauty and function are dancing partners. See the heavy-use Deacon’s Bench.