The unique patina on every piece of our solid pine furniture tells the story of the forest.
The origins of the individual character of each piece starts with the grain of the wood; each ring of the tree denoting a year of forest life.
The markings of the lumbering process, many years ago; the long seasoning process of the timber; our love of the natural wood reflected in our craftsmanship and our traditional carpentry methods; and , finally….. the long and finishing process to protect the wood and bring the warm, honey-tones of the pine into glorious definition.
Who are we?
We are a small family business. Our small team are united in our love for all things wood. We are dedicated to producing quality, bespoke furniture that is made to last.
Each piece of furniture is unique and craftsman built using traditional methods. We are not set up for mass production, nor would we want to be. We cater for the discerning customer who is looking for quality, character and durability and for something that is a little bit different than anything you would buy on the High street.
In line with our passion for traditionally built, honest-to-goodness products, we also have a firm commitment to putting the customer first and meeting customer requirements to the letter. We deliver on our promises and will do all we can to ensure that doing business with us is 100% positive experience. As bespoke furniture makers, we aim to be fully adaptable to your wishes. We take great pride in what we do and we want you to be nothing short of delighted with our products and service.
We would encourage you to call our friendly and helpful team and discuss your individual requirements. Don’t worry if you can’t call within office hours. We know that busy people need to speak to us outside these hours. Our phones are always manned.
We work from a large mill complex in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Hope House Mill. The mill is set amongst beautiful Yorkshire countryside. `(picture) We love it here. It gives us inspiration. We believe that our Yorkshire heritage is reflected in our design principles and the look that we want to achieve: solid, honest, ‘no-nonsense’ and traditional, but yet with a slight edge of quirky uniqueness that sets us apart from the crowd.
Our reclaimed timber range.....
We use only genuine reclaimed timber of the highest quality, which is well seasoned and of the optimum moisture level to ensure there is no further movement of splitting in the finished product. Because we take care in selecting our raw materials and use natural products our furniture is designed to improve with age rather than deteriorate.
Our solid pine range....
We use Scandinavian red-wood pine which is well seasoned and stable. We don’t use foils or veneers, all our products are manufactured from sold wood with traditional mortise and tenon joints. We believe in traditional carpentry methods which will stand the test of time.
Because we use beautiful, natural products where each piece of wood that goes into a piece is carefully selected by experienced craftsmen, each item of furniture will be unique and have all the natural character of the wood.
Where used, our fittings (handles, hinges, brackets etc) are of a quality commensurate with the quality of the furniture we produce. We don’t skimp on the details.
Our designs are intended to be a fusion between classic, timeless design with a subtle element of up-to-the minute flair that sets them apart from the crowd. Their distinct appeal is captured by the use of traditional, solid and natural materials and manufacturing methods and the use of simple, honest lines: but yet with an eye for the refreshingly new detail and gives universal appeal.
The not so new look is currently very much in fashion and we believe it is here to stay. It speaks of character and experience. it’s sort of hard to put your finger on why this look is so appealing. It’s probably the same emotional response you get when you pull on your favourite jeans - the ones that you have ‘worn in’ are the ones you love and they just look ‘right’. It’s a bit like knowing that the good leather walking boots that have been broken in have more appeal than the new ones in the box. The difference between these and our reclaimed timber furniture is that jeans and boots will eventually wear out and we’ll have to start again, getting a new pair how we like them, whereas our furniture won’t. it will still be around for the kids, because its solid, stable and master built to stick around, looking timeless and ruggedly beautiful.
A little bit of history.....
Heath House Mill dates back to the 1860’s and the industrial revolution. it was a textile mill and was sited at the end of Heath House Lane to make full use of the ready supply of soft water running off the limestone hills into the natural springs of Bolster Moor. A mill pond was formed at the end of the lane to supply the steam engine that would power the looms.
Heath House Mill (pictured above)
Once the mill was built there was an influx of local families from Huddersfield and Elland to come and work in the mill and share in the newfound prosperity of the industrial revolution, but of course it meant major changes to their lives, and as we know the prosperity was not always shared out equitably. Interestingly all the new cottages that were built faced the east to make sure the morning sun would waken the workers early in the morning. Most of the workers would have been unaccustomed to the discipline of confinement in a factory setting and living by the clock. in 1841 there were 9 dwellings registered in the census, but by 1851 there were 21 households (many of them would be crowded). More cottages were built to provide for the ‘incomers’ Most of the inhabitants of these dwellings worked directly in the mill and some did ‘outwork’ and that included women and children.
In its heyday, the mill employed 97 people, brought jobs and relative prosperity to the previously impoverished people of the moor. To cater for the needs of this community a shop and dwelling was built at the top of Heath House Lane, which was named the Slaithwaite* Equitable Industrial Society No 2 branch. The ‘co-op’ opened its doors in 1875 with 5 staff selling basic provisions which the locals could get on credit. Unfortunately late settlement of bills led to the facility of credit being withdrawn and the society almost wound up. However, the coal department continued trading right into the early 1960’s and part of the building was used as a mending room for the cloth from the mill until the mid 70’s. With the demise of the Yorkshire textile industry even this was no longer required after the mid 70’s and the mill buildings were let to other industries, including joinery. However, every cloud has a silver lining and the old co-op was converted in the 80’s to the Lily - the forunner of the famous landmark pub and restaurant ‘the Golcar Lily’
The name Lily is closely associated with Golcar (or Gowcar as it is called by the locals) The general consensus is that the emblem of the lily was imported by the Huguenots, people from France who fled following the massacre of St Bartholomew in August 1572 which precipitated a 30 year religious war. Some 40,000 settled in England a number of whom settled in the Colne Valley and the Golcar area where the gentle, green hills reminded them of France. the Lily was their emblem and became the emblem of the local area
*Slaithwaite is a neighbouring village.
(thanks and acknowledgement to the Golcar Lily for the majority of this local history)