Product News July 2019 Vol. 2, Issue 7

 

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THIS MONTH’S JOINT FEATURE– THE MITRE AND SPLINE JOINT

A spline joint is created when a wooden spline is inserted and glued into a slot or groove that has been cut in another woodworking joint, usually a butt, edge or mitered joint.

The spline serves to reinforce the joint and help keep the two sections aligned with each other. This small enhancement adds considerable strength to whatever joint it’s applied to.

The spline itself can be made from plywood, hardwood or the same material as the joint being strengthened – At Homewood we use the latter. For the ultimate in strength, the grain of natural woods should be oriented so that it’s running across the joint in the work piece.

Splines should never be forced into the grooves, which could cause them to distort or split. Rather, they should slide in easily, but without any side play, to allow enough room for glue to ensure a solid joint.

THE MITRE AND SPLINE JOINT THE MITRE AND SPLINE JOINT THE MITRE AND SPLINE JOINT


Homewood COUCH

AN OLD CONCEPT BUT NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT IT– NKWANA SLEEPER COUCH

Sleeper couches are not new – they have been around a long time. But they have always needed a PHD to operate and due to all the moving parts, they seem to never last. Well, all that is about to change with our new Nkwana sleeper couch. – It’s simple, looks great, and when closed you can’t even it tell that it’s not a normal couch. Best of all is it’s super simple to operate and opens with no breakable moving parts. Check it out!

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BLACKWOOD

Duzu 2019 Blackwood

Blackwood Duzu 2019

WOOD FEATURE: AUSTRALIAN BLACKWOOD – INVADING SOUTH AFRICA

How can we make use of a renewable resource that’s got amazing properties for furniture production and help the environment at the same time? By using and promoting locally grown (invaded) Australian Blackwood, we can help clean up the waterways in KZN and the Cape all while using this amazing wood for furniture. It’s a no brainer really!

We have recently purchased a large volume of Blackwood at a good price. This reduced cost is being passed on to our customers – so until stocks last, we are promoting and selling Blackwood furniture at a 30% discount – so don’t miss out!


PAINDANE RANGE

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NEW ADDITIONS TO THE PAINDANE RANGE

We are proud to announce two new items to our long serving Paindane range. We have now introduced a coffee table and 2 drawer server. The lines and simplicity remain Paindane – however the softness of the slight curves and the organic feature of the beam have taken this range to a new level.

Product News June 2019 Vol. 2, Issue 6

Homewood June Newsletter Content Summary

 

HOW BEST TO DISPLAY THE NEW ROPE COLOURS?

Our new rope colours are slowly making their way into the factory and furniture pieces.What better way to display and highlight these new colours than with our iconic Imbiza lounger design?

AN OLD DESIGN – THE UMHLANGA DINING TABLE GETS A FACELIFT

Furniture design is moving away from the boxy sharp-edged look to what I term the river pebble look; curves, rounded edges and organic lines are back. The result of just softening a sharp edge is remarkable – see the images comparing the Umhlanga table before and after the face lift. The only change is the rounding!

YIN AND YANG – HOW THE CHOICE OF WOOD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN DESIGN

As you all know we work in quite a variety of hardwoods. All chosen due to the wonderful colour spectrum they cover as well as the quality they provide for furniture. The choice of wood is absolutely key for its use and look in a specific design and a specific space. Look at how our now bestselling Duzu table is so different when made in warm/rich Blackwood and stark/clean Ash.

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EXTREME WEATHER TESTING CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

We are always striving to provide a better more durable product. Testing is currently underway to further improve the maintenance required on outdoor furniture finishes. The goal with this round of testing is to get to a finish that only requires a touch up coat once a year full outdoor.  Thus far the results are promising with 1 coating product showing huge potential. It may even result in us able to use cheaper hardwoods for outdoor – yet maintain the life span when compared to suitable woods like Teak.

Watch this space – we will keep you all posted on progress!

Product News May 2019 Vol. 2, Issue 5

 

Kopanya Unit scoops more awards at Decorex Cape Town

Our Kopanya unit made its debut at Decorex Cape town at the beginning of May. The reception to the product was astounding – so much so we were awarded the Most Interactive Stand at the show. The crowds that gathered to watch our demonstration every 3 mins were enthralled, sharing their excitement on all platforms across social media. The era of multifunctional/intuitive furniture is here!

 


Happy customers share images of their recently delivered furniture

It’s always a good feeling to receive positive feedback from happy customers who receive their furniture. Here are but a few images of recent orders that we made, sent in from our amazing customers for us to share in their pleasure.

 


Winter’s coming – some custom couches and daybeds coming out the factory in May

The first dustings of frost have been felt here in the midlands, and obviously around the country too. Couch orders are on the increase – no doubt to move all entertainment indoors around the fireplace. The slatted trend also persists, moving from plasma units and sideboards to the couch frames too. A really effective way to give the wooden frames great texture and awesome lines!

 


Want more affordable hardwood that still retains the quality – Meet ASH

Due to the ever-increasing cost of quality hardwoods, we are constantly searching and testing different wood types to ensure we always offer the best value and quality possible. One such search has yielded an interesting wood that has a great future with Homewood.

White Ash (Fraxinus Americana), is also called Biltmore Ash or Biltmore White Ash. It grows best on rich, moist, well-drained soils to medium size. Because White Ash wood is tough, strong, and highly resistant to shock, it is particularly sought for handles, oars, and baseball bats. White Ash is a ring porous hardwood that is heavy, fairly hard, and very tough. Ash features a light coloured, nearly white sapwood; heartwood is typically tan or light brown; and is native to the olive tree family. It grows throughout the eastern part of the United States and represents about 3-5% of the total hardwood timber stand. Due to its naturally pale colouration it is the perfect wood to play around with tints as well as wire brushing to highlight the prominent grain.

 

AWARD WINNING STAND

A very successful Decorex DBN 2019 culminated in an excellence award for Homewood and its 2019 stand.

The focus was on bringing in more greenery and showcasing our latest designs in the form of the Imbiza oval table as well as displaying the now very popular Black Ofram as a wood type offering.


LEOPARD MOUNTAIN LODGE

PROJECT A SUCCESS

Nestled at the top of a mountain line north of the Hluhluwe game reserve – Leopard Mountain 5 star Lodge just oozes luxury for a top end safari experience. When we were asked to assist with the revamp of their 9 luxury rooms we jumped at the opportunity. A few months later all the design and crafting time invested in this project has paid off with a perfectly implemented and executed installation. The items on display in each room match the location and the owner’s vision of what was required to the finest detail.

 


GEARING UP TO WATCH TV FOR WINTER

– CUSTOM PLASMA UNITS IN APRIL

It seems like our customers are gearing up for a cosy winter in front of the TV – and they are going to do it in style. Here are some customer plasma units we have been crafting this month.


FULL OUTDOOR ROPING

NOW IN STOCK

Due to the huge demand for woven elements in our furniture for full outdoor use – we have now brought in Polyester (as opposed to our normal polypropylene) rope which is UV treated and suited for full outdoor use. Used in Yachting and outdoor blinds this adds a great element to our current range. The current colour offering is still in stock with some new awesome colours now available.


MAY CLEARANCE SALE

It’s that time of year again, where for the entire month of May we slash our prices in extraordinary fashion. You can enjoy up to 70% off on all wood furniture, available at all 4 of our showrooms.

APPLIES TO ALL WOODEN FURNITURE. VALID 1-31 MAY 2019.

ALL WOODEN FLOOR STOCK SOLD AS IS.

KRAMERVILLE (JHB) 011 262 4268
NELSPRUIT (MP) 010 493 4796
UMHLANGA (KZN) 031 566 5322
PIGGLY WIGGLY (KZN) 033 940 0494

AWARD WINNING DESIGN

It’s official! HOMEWOOD got awarded one of the top awards at this year’s DTI Furniture Design Competition with Ian Perry’s remarkable Kopanya entry. The design focuses on being multi-functional to the 9th degree.
The Kopanya kitchen unit is all wrapped up with 6 bar stools into one unit measuring 1200 x 1000 x 950 mm in size.
  • Kitchen Center Island
  • Breakfast Nook/Table
  • Server/Sideboard
  • Full 8 Seat Dining Table
  • Social Bar Counter

CONCEPT TO REALITY – HOUSE LAUREN

Another successful prefabricated – solid wood instillation complete. The Whiskey/Wine/Book unit designed for House Lauren in Garlington fits the space to perfection.

This project boasted a great story as it took us from concept to design, manufacture to installation, and this all ending with a VERY happy customer.

To see the gallery of the installation, click here.


THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

March has seen quite a few, very cool custom wardrobes go through the factory here at HOMEWOOD, destined for various lodges around Africa.

“This is definitely one of my favourite wardrobes we’ve designed.” – Ian Perry


 

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR SUPPLIERS GET THEIR HARDWOODS?

 

Forests sustainability in Southern Africa is a REAL concern. This is why we no longer buy wood from Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The natural forests in these countries are disappearing fast, which begs us to ask the question – do you know where your supplier sources their hardwood from? And does it come from sustainably managed forests? Learning more about what the reality of this entails and what is happening out there exactly doesn’t take much on your part, you gain greatly from it. Knowledge is power after all. Read more.