The most important thing about being a fine furniture designer / maker is that you have to be at one with your craft, and your chosen material. Given that our material of choice is wood we feel very strongly that we should do our bit to care for it, not just when it’s in our workshop but when it’s rooted, in its natural environment, now and in the future.
At JMW Furniture we have started to plank our own timber, all yielded from the same estate in Scotland. The trees have been chosen for their aesthetic purposes, allowing for the next generation to have more space and light so they can prosper. We re-plant trees where necessary, but usually prefer to manage the wild woodland in order to encourage natural regeneration. The youngster saplings are coming up everywhere so it’s our job to give them their best chance to stand tall and proud one day.
We are in the process of starting a line of furniture where every piece of timber used is traceable to its original spot at Invermay. Felling, milling, seasoning and drying to the right conditions is of paramount importance for the best quality and it is an expensive and time-consuming process. In reality it is a mere second or 2 in the lives of these splendid giants that are so important to everything on this earth. We must consider with far greater awareness how we treat our woodland all over the globe, and in doing so we can
all enjoy their habitats and allow fellow craftsmen to continue to work with it to create beautiful pieces.
Wood is the greatest of all natural materials, and should be respected and cared for in that manner.