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 as well as imported woods like Ash, Oak and Plantation Teak, 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 our Amanzi conscience collection – you help re-establish vital waterway ecosystems and put water back into our local environment
Colour: The heartwood is a light to medium brown colour. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood. Along with Hickory and Oak, Ash is one of the most commonly used utility woods in the US. It’s toughness and excellent shock resistance makes it a popular choice for tool handles. Ash’s easy working properties, generally light overall colour and good gluing and finishing characteristics make it a popular wood for a variety of practical and utility applications
Grain: The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found
Texture: its coarse texture and grain pattern has drawn comparisons to that of Oak. This wood exhibits a medium to course texture – however due to its hardness it can be sanded to a fine finish.
Colour: Cottonwood can vary in colour, between light cream to a pale yellow-brown. You can also identify it by subtle streaks of gray 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.
Colour: Oak is known for its distinctly yellow/wheat undertone with a light brown coloration.
Grain: This wood commonly features straight grains. Oak is often confused with Ash, but these two can be told apart by their grains – Oak’s grains are more uniform, whereas Ash is not and its pattern tends to look more rounded.
Texture: Oak has a fairly rough texture due to its large, open pores.
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.
Colour: Camphor’s Colour can be highly variable depending on growing conditions; generally a light brown, frequently with shades of gray, red, or olive green. Occasionally contains darker streaks. Paler sapwood isn’t always clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Burls are also commonly seen, and are considered highly decorative
Grain: Grain can be straight, interlocked, and/or wavy.
Texture: Uniform medium texture with a high natural lustre and a slightly greasy feel.
Odour and Rot Resistance: Camphor has a very characteristic odour, for which the tree is named. The most recognizable product that contains the extracts of camphor are medicated chest rubs, which have the same distinct scent. It are these natural extractives which give the wood good rot and insect resistance properties
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.