Dyed vellum is a very popular finish to various types of furniture. It has a velvety rich texture and works well with other materials. The pallet of colours is endless and the ‘mottled’ look imitates the sky. The darker the colour, the more apparent the variations in tone.
Vellum is prepared animal skin or “membrane” originally used as a material for writing on (parchment – which is made from the split skin of sheep). The term is derived from the Latin word “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French “velin” for “calfskin”. It is typically made from goat or calf skin. Because these skins are smaller than large hides of say cow, there will always be visible joins when used on large area applications.
Vellum’s beauty lies in its velvety rich texture and natural colour variation. Prior to our dyeing technique being applied the skins go through a process of bleaching. Skins which already has natural darker areas, will remain darker during this process and a type of mottling ‘sky’ effect is the result once dye has been applied. Therefore no skin is the same and it is a beautiful thing. Its versatile and used in many bespoke furniture we have and continue to make.
The last image in the carousel above shows a faux vellum application which mirrors the look in detail and is a more cost effective and vegan friendly option.
The charming and talented Janine Stone has recently written a very informative article on this very subject. Rupert Bevan is honored to have been asked to provide his advice.
Commissioning bespoke furniture is often quite a daunting process. However, it need not be!
Read Janine’s expert advice and full article on how to simplify this process here:
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What a great way to end off the year, and ‘clear the decks’ for the new year which is only just around the corner. All samples sold are ex-display or prototypes, one off pieces. If you would like to be included in our mailing list for the next sale, make sure that you join our mailing list.
Joints are tested for strength, durability and aesthetics for the bespoke pieces we make. Quality of craftsmanship is key.
Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape.
Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.
Traditionally Sugi wood is cedar, but you are able to use other timbers. We have recently made a bar top in oak using the Shou Sugi Ban method. This finish popular for use in exterior cladding because of its natural prevention against wood boring insects can just as easily be used to create the most amazing pieces of furniture.