Croft House Guest Post

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As a big fan of the hard work and creativity that Croft House are putting into building their furniture empire, I asked Alex and his partner Riley if they would give me a little insight into their thoughts when I showed up with a bottle of Macallan 18 and a Mini Cooper full of whisky barrel.... Alex:

A few months back Neil came to Riley and I asking us if we had any interest in building a coffee table with wood salvaged from a whisky barrel that was used at the Macallan distillery. He really admired our work and we really admired whiskey, so we set right to it in an attempt to work something out.

Neil dropped by the Croft House showroom and left us with a heap of beautiful oak, the only problem being the oak had the same curvature as the cask, not really an ideal coffee table surface .  We knew we were going to incorporate the lid of the cask, but weren't sure how exactly to utilize the sides of the barrel.  Over a couple of drinks(scotch no doubt) we came up with our ideal design, placing the wood within a steel frame.

Oak isn't exactly the most malleable material, so bending the curved sides to the cask was out. Instead, we put each piece to our bandsaw, essentially skinning the wood of it's outermost surface.  Once slimmed down to a lesser thickness, the wood became much more flexible and allowed us to mold it to a flat surface.  We added a natural wax finish and wa la.  

All of our Croft House pieces are built with wood that has a story, but few stories have been as popular with our patrons as the cask pieces.  The material is a lot of fun to work with and has a killer look to it, only downside is having to tell everyone it's not for sale.

Thanks a lot Alex - now finish my Eames chair! :)[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"]