We use the native oak species Quercus robur for our garden furniture and exterior public art. It is the only UK native tree species that provides truly durable timber for exterior use. Quercus robur is the same oak used for centuries for ship building and seen in the half timbered houses which have survived since Tudor times.
Our garden benches are designed to have bare unfinished wood which will naturally weather, initially it darkens then lightens to silvery grey. This requires no maintenance apart from an annual removal of debris with a brush and therefore much easier and more attractive than less durable woods protected by varnish which requires annual over-coating and maintenance.
Cairngorm Bench is a new design incorporating our signature loops of sustainable native oak. As the loops are made from single lengths of air dried oak the wood fibres are intact making it much more resistant to weather than jointed sections of wood. This bench can be located year round in an outside sheltered porch and moved into the garden in the summer. If benches are likely to be exposed to salt spray or freeze thaw in the winter we can provide covers to provide some extra protection.
The process for bending the components by steam can be seen in our film
We source our oak for garden benches from our own woodland or small timber yards in Scotland. This oak is certified with the Scottish Working Woods label which guarantees that the timber is local, ethical and sustainable. The bespoke under-structure of the Cairngorm Bench is in stainless steel.
Our new Quercus Pods lighting vessels are on their way to COLLECT at London’s Saatchi Gallery, 22 – 25 February 2018.
“Collect brings together 40 galleries from four continents for a celebration of making, extraordinary in both scale and scope. Museum-quality works and installations from hundreds of the most talented makers in the UK, USA, South Korea, Japan, France, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden will offer visitors and collectors a multidisciplinary overview of the people, processes, materials and ideas defining international craft in 2018.”
For more information and tickets please visit
Angus will be speaking at COLLECT TALKS: featuring “leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, fashion, architecture and art and aims to inspire visitors and encourage debate.
TRADITIONS REIMAGINED. A panel of international makers and gallerists delve into how traditions from across the globe influence and enrich their practices. British Council’s Programme Manager for Design, Gian Luca Amadei is in discussion with gallerists, makers and curators, Bev Gibson, Piet Stockmans, Peter Ting and Angus Ross.Talks Space, second floor, 23 February 2018, 16:00 – 17:00
See the full programme of talks here.”
The Quercus Pods can be seen at
Scotland: Craft & Design : a collection of exquisitely crafted statement pieces from Scottish-based makers. Ground Floor, Gallery 3:4 on the right.
Craft Scotland https://www.craftscotland.org/about/projects/collect-2018/makers