• Back in the workshop, time needs to be taken to consider the best way to saw the boards to achieve pieces suitable for the current project.
• Once sawn, the timber can be planed. It is now that you really get to see the detail of the grain, allowing a final selection to be made.
Some people take the view that furniture made using veneers is inferior to that made from solid wood. Personally, I use veneers regularly for my design projects, and I absolutely LOVE what Roland has managed to achieve with his veneered lights. Check them out below. So here is a veneer fun fact. Britain’s most famous cabinet maker, Thomas Chippendale actually used veneers extensively and they can even be found on some items that were sent off to the afterlife with the Pharaohs!
FEATURED PRODUCT – “Long Wave” Rippled Sycamore Drinks Coasters
These coasters are made from long wave rippled Sycamore, which usually has to be purchased from a dealer in specialist musical instrument woods as it is highly prized for use in guitars and violins. It is not quite as rare as the more closely rippled sycamore, but some people consider it to be even more beautiful.
I absolutely love these and I bought them for Matt who is a keen violinist, and my brother John who collects guitars. It just seemed like an inspired gift!
These coasters use the most stunning pieces of timber that Roland has ever collected, which are often too small or too expensive to use on larger pieces of furniture.
Do check Roland’s other unique hand made products below.