Friday, 1 July 2016

Our new ranges: Summer 2016


The Hairpin range

A brief history of hairpins

The ‘hairpin’ leg was invented by Henry P Glass in 1941 as a stylish solution to the need for sturdy furniture legs made with minimal materials. Glass moved from his home country, Austria, which had been taken over by Nazi Germany in 1939, to New York. It was Russel Wright who invited Glass to design a line of wrought iron furniture and the ‘hairpin’ leg was born. It was created out of necessity for limited materials, superior strength and simplicity and remains a modern classic design.

Henry P. Glass, creator of hairpin legs in 1941

At Green Woods Furniture, we combine rustic reclaimed timber tops with beautifully made hairpin legs to make this perfectly matched industrial style 'hairpin' dining table. The wood is stained with Van Dyke Crystals which is a natural water-based wood dye made from walnut husks and then finished with a wax to protect the wood. This table is also available in a planed back ‘clean’ finish and in a range of different sizes as well as a bespoke made-to-measure option. Please contact us for more information.

4ft x 3ft 'hairpin' reclaimed dining table (£345) with 'hairpin' chair (£245)

Our 'hairpin chair' maker, Conan Sturdy is a skilled blacksmith who works from his solar powered workshop in London. Some of his past work includes a 10 man bicycle powered pub on wheels, and a 1 tonne hanging birdcage for Spitalfields market.

Above:  Conan Sturdy in his workshop. Below:  industrial 'hairpin' chair

The Pelham Range

We also have a new range in our oak furniture selection, the ‘Pelham’ range. It is handmade by a family firm in Hertfordshire with beautiful American white oak which is sustainable and comes from well managed forests in the Northern Appalachian region. This particular species takes approximately 30 years to reach maturity, compared to an English Oak tree which takes about 80 years. It has a beautiful wide and interesting grain pattern which adds individual character to the furniture.

All drawers and doors are individually fitted to each carcass for a perfect fit. Each drawer benefits from the traditional, and still best, method of dovetail jointing providing maximum strength and stability to create strong and sturdy furniture that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Left: Pelham console table (from £845). Top right: Pelham range furniture. Bottom right: Pelham dining table (from £650)

Green Woods Furniture
116 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7SL
0117 942 87 32

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