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7 Design Details That Wood Artisans Look For

What makes a nice piece of solid wood rustic furniture a truly inspired item? It’s the little finishing touches and small details that, to an untrained eye, could be easily overlooked. 

We never forget about the special touches that guarantee our customers the very best and here are just a few that we showcase. 

The right handles

We know that handles might seem insignificant to some, but we think they can make or break a perfectly beautiful rustic design. That’s why we usually seek to offer a choice of log or forged metal strap handles, to maintain a truly rustic and appropriate aesthetic, while also keeping quality craftsmanship as our top priority. No cheap finishing touches here, thank you very much!

Ornate carvings

Wood carving is an art and few people are able to master it to such a degree that they can be trusted to adorn a finished piece of rustic furniture. It takes precision, patience and a keen eye for material inconsistencies, which is why you have to work with only the best artists. A bad carving will instantly ruin an otherwise gorgeous item but beautifully executed carvings? Well they will just take things to a whole extra level.

Seamless joints

Solid wood rustic and log furniture appeals because it is timeless, has natural heritage and assumed longevity. That’s why choosing and executing the perfect joints is crucial. Lazy joinery relies on glue and fixings but real craftsmanship can be seen in the expertly cut dovetails and tenons that offer the perfect amount of strength and beauty combined. 

Liquid glass finishes

Not every rustic furniture piece works with a liquid glass finish but for those few, such as stunning Black walnut tables, the perfectly smooth and glossy end finish is an immaculate way to present something extra special. It takes more time and requires a practiced hand, but you deserve nothing less for your home. 

Perfectly bookmatched pieces

Bookmatching slabs of wood for larger items, such as striking dining tables, might sound simple on the face of it but getting it right is a lot more difficult in practice. There needs to be an appreciation of the grain and flow of the wood and pieces need to be properly prepared and brought together, to form one stunning slice of timber. Just one imperfection and the whole top could be ruined.

Respect for the materials

You can’t work with wood every day and not respect the material itself. We certainly do and are thankful for everything it gives us, including a creative outlet, a way to contribute to our local economy and a meaningful living. With that in mind, we relish the opportunity to demonstrate this with some understated and more raw designs. Using organic roots, we let the beauty of the material that we depend on shine through and take center stage. No gimmicks, no fancy finishes, just mother nature and her finest work.

Complimentary additions

Finally, if other materials are to be used, they need to work well with natural wood, without overshadowing it. Forged metal, finished in neutral black is a great option, as is copper with a little patina. Anything that is too at odds with the wood itself will simply cheapen the overall aesthetic and disrupt the furniture. 

These are just a few features that wood aficionados will look for when inspecting potential furniture purchases. Why not try keeping your eyes peeled for some of them in the future too?