No machine can achieve the perfection of our work. Our many processes combine traditional techniques and the latest technology. Each piece is manually worked, planed, brushed, smoked, coloured and then assessed using the highest quality measure there is – the human eye. All the materials used to finish and care for the material are developed, produced and tested by us.
The growth conditions of a tree have an impact on the later appearance of the wood when it is laid, as well as the colouration and changes in colour within the space. After all, all of the substances and influences that impact the tree in nature are deeply locked within the wood. Later, too, wood in its finished and fixed state reacts to environmental influences such as heat and cold.
A tree can roughly be divided into three parts: crown, trunk, roots. Even though we only use the trunk, we must take the whole into account. The genetics of the tree, and the ecosystem immediately surrounding it, have an influence on the shape and colour of our initial material. Plus, trees from contiguous growing areas have similar characteristics. An essential requirement for an even appearance in architecture.
We use the whole trunk and not just the choice parts. This is why the widths of the veneers are defined primarily by the characteristics of the tree. We select the individual elements subject to strict quality requirements. Knotty growth and cracks are more strongly marked in the interior than on the outside. We therefore differentiate between two categories:
1 Fine character selection: minimal knots and cracks.
2 Medium character selection: more marked knots and cracks.
Closely textured wood: the trunk is cut across the radius so that the growth rings run almost parallel as light and dark stripes. Brushing out the earlywood accentuates the tight fine grain typical of the species and cut.
Dynamic wood texture: slicing tangentially through the trunk gives the growth rings an elongated arched shape. Brushing out the earlywood accentuates the alternating fine grain typical of the species and cut.
Solid wood texture: a lively and diverse palette of features produces a classic wood look. Brushing out the earlywood accentuates the broader fine grain typical of the species and cut. (70–160 mm)
Solid wood texture: a lively and diverse palette of features produces a classic wood look. Brushing out the earlywood accentuates the spacious fine grain typical of the species and cut. (120–320 mm)
Closely textured, rough-sawn wood: the trunk is cut across the radius so that the growth rings run almost parallel as light and dark stripes. The rough-sawn look is created by adding saw marks running at right-angles to the grain.
Marked wood texture: a lively and diverse palette of troughs and curled spots produces a classic look. Brushing out the earlywood accentuates the loose grain typical of the species and cut.
Using the drying process specially developed by us, we reduce the moisture content of the wood to increase its natural resilience. This minimises swelling and shrinkage in later use, so that no cracks develop later and the product retains its original dimensions. In addition, drying brings out the grain of the wood which can then be clearly felt.
We wash our wood deep into the pores using our proprietary technology. This reduces significant substances within the timber known to make wood sensitive to staining and yellowing, and can negatively influence its appearance over time. The colour remains demonstrably more stable. Plus, pores become more receptive to our nourishing essences, which are able to penetrate permanently deep into the wood, creating lasting protection. Because colouring involves activating the wood’s own component substances and working the finest pigments, sourced from earth and stone, into the wood itself.
The essences used for our surface finishes are a precious mixture of natural resins, waxes and oils. Ingredients such as walnut oil, beeswax and shellac do not seal the wood as synthetic lacquers do, but let it breathe, making it completely resilient. For supremely healthy living spaces.
Our products age with beauty and dignity. Each of our unique, custom-made pieces matures with its owner, takes on a richness that comes from the traces of its daily use. Giving it its very own character which will be felt by generations to come. Careful cleaning and care regenerates the wood surface. It must never be sanded back and will retain its beauty for ever.