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.