Handmade furniture is human in nature, perfect in its imperfections. You can see the work of the craftsperson’s hands reflected through the material, proportion and design, the joinery and final finishing. When an heirloom piece is passed to its new owner, the maker’s marks will never fade, they become the first chapter in a long story. Hall and Kehoe believe carefully selected wood is a naturally beautiful material, not meant to be as hard as stone or stiff as metal. Treated with respect and care, scratches and ware are apart of the piece's natural progression — they are enriching and create character. Each change to the surface is the narrative of another year,
a new moment in its legacy.
Care & Maintenance
- Wipe up any spills immediately - do not allow them to sit.
- When wiping up spills, use a lightly damp cloth - but avoid saturating the surface.
- Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaning agents, scourers or solvents to clean as they can strip and mar the finish.
- As a rule, if something is too hot to hold, it is too hot to be on your table-top.
- Wipe dust off regularly with a dry cloth.
- Coasters can increase the lifespan of your finish considerably, especially with hot mugs or vases.
- Be careful when moving furniture as you can expose it to stresses that it was not designed for - particularly avoid dragging.
Understanding The Wood as a natural, living material
The wood in your furniture was once in a living tree - most of our lumber is sourced from Eastern North American forests, so most likely the tree grew not far from where you are now. Understanding that your piece is a living product that needs to be cared for will go a long way to ensuring your furniture will last for generations.
A second and very important part of understanding solid wood furniture is appreciating that aging is part of its beauty, like an heirloom piece your grandparents may have handed down. In time (several years), your piece may slowly change colour. It will soften and patina over the years with the touch of hundreds of hands and legs - this is part of the beauty of the piece and should be worn as the story of its life.
Environmental effects on Wood
Wood is a product that naturally contains moisture within. When a tree is cut down a tree is full of moisture. In order to prepare it for being used for furniture it is air or kiln dried to reduce the amount of moisture. When we deliver a piece of furniture to you, it has reached a moisture equilibrium. Wood always moves a little between summer and winter as the moisture in the air changes (like that pesky door or window that always gets stuck over the winter). A little movement can never be avoided - however exposure to greatly fluctuating temperatures and moisture variation can cause the piece to drastically or unevenly change its moisture content, which can cause movement or surface cracking and can reduce the lifespan of your furniture. Our furniture is designed for a typical domestic environment. Take care with excessive underfloor heating, and avoid placing your furniture directly next to heaters, fireplaces or over air conditioning ducts, as these will have the tendency to cause timber to dry out. Exposure to direct sunlight over a long period can not only change the moisture content, but also change the colour of the piece over time. Our furniture is designed for use within a typical enclosed building, not outside.
There is no all encompassing "perfect" finish. Depending on the piece of furniture and its use, we use different finishes and techniques. When it comes to your specific piece, we can provide you with the finishes used on the piece and the information to properly maintain it.