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Out Of The Ordinary : How to Commission Bespoke Furniture

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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Sample Sale Success

We had such a wonderful response to our Sample Sale this year.  Thank you to all that attended and more importantly took a piece of Rupert Bevan with you.

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.

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Dovetail Joints

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.

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Shou Sugi Ban

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.

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Chipped Glass

We have been playing around in our glass & finishing studio with chipped glass. Glue is applied to glass and a specific application of the right temperature causes the glue to contract and chip off pieces of the glass.

This creates a wonderful effect of an etched type glass in a feathered effect. It is lovely to use on its own for a finish application, but becomes something quite special once back-painted and/or gilded. The finished product is quite random in the way the glass in chipped, thus not one the same. However just certain areas can be chipped by applying the glue to those areas, to create a more controlled effect.

We are in the process of using this method as application to a dressing table and we cannot wait to see the result.

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