Here at Timothy Oulton, we’re firm believers that newer doesn’t always equal better – and nothing showcases that more than our stunning reclaimed wood table range. After all, we’ve made no secret of the fact that we love furniture pieces that tell a story… and what material has more stories to tell than vintage wood?
Exploring the stories behind our reclaimed wood table collection
Whether it’s been salvaged from disused distilleries, old Chinese doors or decommissioned fishing junks, the small cracks and signs of weathering that characterise these materials are exactly what give them their personality, acting as visual proof of the rich lives they’ve led – which is exactly what we are passionate about celebrating in our designs.
With that in mind, we decided that it was high time we took a closer look at some of the most interesting and intriguing types of reclaimed wood that go into creating our truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
Genuine English Reclaimed Timber
This is salvaged from old and disused buildings in the UK, including former mills and distilleries, with many wood pieces clocking in at up to one hundred years of age. All the timber is then painstakingly de-nailed by hand, before being treated by the master craftsmen in the Timothy Oulton workshop; they take great pride in carving and finishing each piece by hand using traditional artisanal methods, whilst taking care to maintain the wood’s gloriously weathered patina – resulting in a versatile variety of table styles.
For our Vestige dining table, we’ve laid the reclaimed timber into a striking geometrical pattern, whilst also contrasting it with a sleek industrial-style iron frame; a seamless marriage of the old and new, it makes for a stylish contemporary update on this most classic of materials. Rugged and robust with a sophisticated edge, Vestige offers a more simple, humble take on luxury – our very own interpretation of the perfect shabby chic dining table.
Traditionalists might prefer the more classic aesthetic of our Georgian Architectural dining table, with its exquisitely-carved rounded legs and chunky welcoming frame. An honest piece brimming with warmth and character, this generously sized table really anchors a room – making it the perfect centrepiece to nights filled with great food and even greater conversation.
For a more rustic dining table, look to the Causeway. Its deceptively modest design features timber that has been paved in a timeless brickwork-like pattern, with a slightly uneven surface that gives it a natural, laidback vibe. The ideal foundation for relaxed get-togethers, Causeway can also be extended with ease by just one person, making it a true case of the more, the merrier – especially good news for when that unexpected plus one turns up at your next dinner party!
Vintage Boat Wood
The clue’s in the name for this one – all the wood here has been reclaimed from decommissioned Chinese sailing junks. Stripped from the hulls, decking and beams of boats, each piece of timber has its own unique story to tell, with a lifetime of cracks, oil marks, different textures and varying colourations thanks to decades of exposure to the elements and high seas. Further natural cracking may appear over time, but we believe this just adds even more character to each piece… the start of your very own lifetime of stories told through your furniture.
This is the material that inspired our Axel MK2 dining table, which pairs beautifully weathered vintage boat wood with hand-treated metal detailing – a distinctively different design that channels both old-world nautical charm and up-to-the-minute urban grit.
African Balsam Wood
Our design team has elevated making the old new into something of an artform – and the Trapt dining table shows just how gorgeous things get when you let your creativity fly high. This collection turns waste pieces of timber into precious jewels, taking planks of African balsam wood and encasing them in a thick resin. Next, the beams are recut and sanded to create a flush smooth surface, then hand-polished to ensure that the resin is totally transparent; a thin layer of extra-hard resin is applied to form the tabletop’s surface, making it resilient enough to undergo the rigours of daily life, before being hand-polished to create a silky, glossy, almost aqueous finish that’s akin to rainwater running off tree branches.
This process is incredibly labour-intensive – a single Trapt dining table takes around one week to complete – but we reckon the results speak for themselves. The honeyed hues of the balsam wood become even darker and richer when cast in resin, meaning you’re able to see every small individual detail, marking and imperfection in the timber – giving you an even greater appreciation for the level of craftsmanship that has gone into this table’s creation. The overall effect exudes a tropical earthy glamour, with the wood’s natural chestnut and honey browns juxtaposed against the piece’s stark iron frame; it’s the kind of table that you just can’t stop yourself from stroking lovingly every now and again… and we’re sure any guests that visit will feel exactly the same way.