We have a love and a RESPECT for the wonderful raw material we use. Our goal is not to abuse and exploit our natural environment but rather to highlight and expand it. By carefully utilising and proudly displaying the natural beauty of trees and ultimately wood in our furniture and smalls range, we are hopefully educating the public and creating that same awareness and appreciation.
Wood with a Timeless Appeal
Sustainable Solid Wood Furniture
Sourcing the right wood is the first step in our journey of producing solid wood furniture. We use local alien invasive hardwoods such as Cottonwood, River Red Gum, Camphor & Blackwood, and never use indigenous woods that fulfil a special purpose in the ecosystems they sustain or are listed as endangered.
With the backing of our knowledgeable wood expert and founder, Ian Perry, who has a BSC in forestry (wood science), our team has developed a special knack for knowing which woods work best for each custom furniture item.
From forest to factory to furniture, we treat all the woods we use with the utmost care and respect, staying true to the natural beauty of wood and never wasting this precious resource.
Why Choose Solid Wood Furniture?
- Excellent Strength– solid wood is naturally strong and can bear heavy loads.
- Minimal Maintenance – solid wood wears well without the need to frequently tend to it.
- Timeless Appeal– solid wood has a classic beauty and remains forever beautiful.
- Lasting Value– solid woods retain their value over time and, in some cases, increase in value (See our Trade In Offer)
- Health – REAL solid wood does not have chemicals added to form it – hence it does not give off unhealthy fumes when in use like chipboard, plastic and other composite products
- Renewable Resource – if the wood is sourced from sustainable origins – it is fully renewable and can be regenerated infinitely into the future – unlike plastics and metals…
- Help our Environment – by supporting and buying from Homewood– you help re-establish vital waterway ecosystems and put water back into our local environment
Colour: Cottonwood can vary in colour from light cream to pale yellow-brown. You can also identify it by subtle streaks of grey and green. Note that colour may become darker depending on light exposure.
Grain: This wood usually has a straight and uniform grain.
Texture: Cottonwood features tiny pores scattered throughout and distinct growth rings.
Colour: Despite its name, there is hardly any black featured in any solid wood furniture made from this. Depending on the season and the conditions the tree has grown in, Blackwood colours can vary from a pale golden brown to richer shades of brown.
Grain: Blackwood features very pronounced grains, which can either be straight or slightly wavy.
Texture: This wood exhibits a fine, smooth texture with a gentle sheen.
Suitable for outdoor use
Colour: This wood is characterised by its sunny yellow undertone, with a blend of medium brown, the colour typically darkens as the tree ages.
Grain: Plantation Teak’s grain can vary from straight to wavy.
Texture: A coarse, uneven texture with minimal luster can describe this solid wood
SUGAR / SPOTTED GUM
Colour: Sugar and Spotted gum is a common name given to a group of eucalyptus species that are renowned for their hardness and durability outdoors. Sugar/Spotted Gum is characterised by its blond to tan, yellow to brown, honey-coloured timber with a soft finish. Ash tones are also often associated with these wood types. Once oiled, the natural colour of the wood reflects through beautifully without staining.
Grain: This wood has a fine, dense grain.
Texture: A smooth, uniform texture that sands to a superb finish.
RED RIVER GUM
Colour: This Australian-born wood has a dark brown colour with rich red undertones shining through.
Grain: This wood has a unique grain which is interlocked to form a wavy pattern – one that can be described as a ‘fiddleback’ pattern.
Texture: River red gum is characterised by a fine and even texture.
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Have any questions about the solid woods that we use? Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable sales consultants and they’ll gladly assist you with any queries you may have.
NO WOOD IS WASTED
While 90% of the tree is often deemed unusable by most furniture producers, due to knots or variations in grain, Homewood use almost every part of the tree and celebrate any ‘blemishes’ in their solid wood furniture – these small differences are what ensure no two pieces are ever alike.
We also make use of any factory offcuts by making, what we call Smalls – small everyday household items such as chopping boards, hat racks and trays.