The Lyctus beetle is not a friend of the average woodworker.
Upon discovering that the sapwood of some carefully selected London Plane had been attacked by this little beast, I decided to celebrate rather than curse its unwelcome intrusion. Planing the wood down the correct amount allowed the beetle’s travels through the timber to be revealed. These pathways were filled with liquid copper to highlight its exodus.
A speculative cabinet made to house glassware and drinks, this piece uses the raw, live edge of timber to stunning effect, combining it with curved lower shelving in aspen and solid copper supports.
The tambour has a sleek copper pull which mirrors the contours of the wood. Rising up, it disappears within the cabinet to reveal fully adjustable London Plane shelves.
Inspired by the Lyctus beetle and created to make something beautiful from what would otherwise be regarded as a disparaged piece of timber, this cabinet also embodies the singular and remarkable nature of one-off pieces of furniture.
(NB: The holes were made by the beetle’s exit; it shall not return. The timber was also carefully treated against further infestation.)
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Sumptuous bespoke furniture and beautiful wooden objects for your home.
Bertram Whitford has an eye for precision and a passion for making. A meticulous attention to detail and a distinctive design ethic are the hallmarks of his approach to furniture. Here you’ll find some products and one-off pieces of furniture available from his workshop.
In an age of throwaway culture, not to mention the brief lifespan we have come to expect from the objects in our lives, Bertram’s work as a furniture maker is a testament to the handmade, the sustainable and the enduring: his work ‘wears in’.
He creates beautiful desks, cabinets and seating that are a pleasure to behold, touch and use. He also specialises in creating innovative, bespoke pieces he ensures they are designed around the client’s individual style, environment and needs.
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