Caring for timber
Provenance of materials is very important to Timothy Oulton, and pure, natural materials are sought out from whichever corner of the earth offers the best quality. Much of our wood is salvaged from former barns and distilleries in the UK, disused railways, old Chinese doors and decommissioned fishing junks. All the wood is de-nailed by hand and treated in the Timothy Oulton workshop. Our master craftsmen take great pride in hand-carving and hand-finishing the timber using traditional artisanal methods.
Reclaimed wood is rife with character, and often has small cracks and signs of weathering or evidence of its former life. At Timothy Oulton, we believe in celebrating and preserving all those ‘imperfections’ in the wood, respecting the passage of time and the idea that time actually makes things more beautiful. Reclaimed wood looks better as it ages and with continued use. Each piece is unique, and each tells a different story.
Preventative measures should be taken to avoid stains, scratches and water marks on your wood furniture. Some residual marks will appear over time with use, this adds to the patina of the piece and makes it more storied, more unique and more beautiful.
GERT (Genuine English Reclaimed Timber)
Genuine English Reclaimed Timber, salvaged from old buildings in the UK including mills and distilleries, up to 100 years old. The wood is all de-nailed by hand and treated in the Timothy Oulton workshop. As the wood is salvaged, colour may vary from piece to piece. The wood is occasionally treated with a light stain to even out any colour variations caused by weathering, in this case it is normal for some colour to be transferred to the cloth when cleaning, this will lesson over time. Slight cracks are normal and should be expected.
(Features on the following collections: English Beam, Florentine mirror, Georgian Architectural, Heroic, Irish mirror, Kitkats, Kitchen collection, Old Grand Library, Museum - frame only, Reeded mirror)
Genuine Reclaimed Vintage Boat Wood
Reclaimed from decommissioned Chinese fishing junks. After decades of exposure to the high seas and elements, the reclaimed boat wood from the hulls, decking, and beams of the boats reflects uniquely weathered colorations, cracks, oil marks and textures. There may be areas of the wood where the original patina has been repaired. Each piece tells a story, forming a solid, cohesive collection rife with character and personality.
Natural cracking may occur over time and is not a sign of defect. The wood is sometimes treated with a stain to even out any colour variations caused by weathering. In this case, it is normal for some colour to be transferred to the cloth when cleaning, this will lesson over time. Each product is finished individually, therefore colour and margins may vary from piece to piece.
Available in both Natural and Black finish on the Axel collection.
(Features on the following collections: Axel, Axel Parquet)
Handcrafted from salvaged railway sleepers. Heavy cracking from years of use gives the timber a wonderfully rugged texture, imbued with stories of train travel and adventure. Part of the product’s character is the timber’s rugged, cracked and uneven texture, this will vary from piece to piece as only authentically reclaimed sleepers are used.
Railway wood is used primarily in the Tracks collection, topped with a sheet of glass. The glass should be cleaned with a solution of mild soap and warm water after each meal or use.
(Features on the following collection: Tracks)
This solid wood finish is handcrafted from reclaimed traditional Chinese doors, rich in history and character. The doors have been sanded by hand and a colour stain has been applied.
(Features on the following collections: Bank, Fridgey, Pigeon Hole)
The Museum collection is handcrafted from genuine English oak parquet flooring reclaimed from disused buildings in the UK. Each block is carefully washed by hand and lightly sanded for a matt finish, maintaining the original integrity of the wood. The parquet is then laid block by block, creating a rustically uneven table surface, full of unique character. Genuine reclaimed parquet is used, therefore wood colour and pattern will vary from piece to piece.
(Features on the following collection: Museum – tabletop)
Pine wood has been sandblasted and then treated by hand to emulate the weathered appearance of beach wood.
(Features on the following collection: Castaway)
Black Wood and Weathered Oak
The king of British boat woods, slow growing oak gives a superior quality and dense grain. Oak furniture improves with age and often outlasts its owners.
(Black Wood features on the following collections: Zodiac – frame, dining chair legs and framed wall art. Weathered Oak features on the following collections: Boston, dining chair legs)
- Wipe the tabletop with a diluted solution of mild detergent and warm water after each use or meal. Always clean the whole tabletop rather than one area, to avoid any patches of discoloration over time.
- Always wipe up spills as soon as possible and dry with a soft cloth.
- Avoid using any acidic or high alkaline based cleaners, or products containing bleach, ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
- For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
- Avoid furniture polish as over time it can accumulate and leave a residue. Remove dust with a soft, dry, untreated cloth.
- Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and placemats to prevent marks, stains and scratches.
- Over time, air and sunlight will change the colour of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform colour to develop.
- Conditioning oil can be applied and will help avoid staining but it will alter the wood colour. Only use mineral oil if you are happy to permanently change the colour of the wood.
- To protect against stains, we suggest using Monocoat. To find out more about this product and to find your nearest retailer, please visit www.monocoat.us in the US, or www.monocoat.uk in the UK.
- Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize seasonal expansion and contraction of wood and prevent warping and major cracks or splits. Slight cracks are normal wear and part of the beauty of each individual piece.