Our restoration and handcrafting abilities are what truly sets Woodworks apart from the competition.
Every one of our Woodworks floors is restored and created by hand in our English workshops by our skilled artisans. Each floor passes through thousands and thousands of hands before completion in order to achieve the extraordinary.
This means crafting your floor is a pursuit of perfection, but we love taking the time needed to create something extra special.
Here are just a few of our fine restoration and floor making skills, and be sure to get in touch to find out more about how we work with our woods.
An original patina cannot be manufactured, one will only appear over time as the wood is polished through the decades and centuries.
Patinas cannot be replicated either, but our artisans work tirelessly with the wood, hand polishing to accentuate and enhance their subtle beauty, without causing any of the distinctive natural features to fade away.
The elegant textures we craft are hard to find and even more difficult to restore. We polish with the wood’s natural movement to bring textures back to life.
We consider these undulating textures – which are a defining feature of antique and reclaimed floors – part of our house-style.
We are leaders in getting the most out of wooden surfaces and nobody can match the shape and movement we bring with wood.
Our aged and new woods showcase the very best new textures available.
All of our Aged floors are slowly seasoned for 24 months before we begin any handcrafting. This important ageing draws out the beautiful shape, texture and movement which makes this oak so special. These textures are another key part of our house style and our efforts in bringing them to the fore is unmatched.
Our new wooden surfaces are arts of fine tailoring, with everything from undulating English Oak to smooth American Black Walnut made possible through the hands of our artisans.
Applied by hand and allowed to dry slowly in the air between coatings, finishing a Woodworks floor takes an incredible amount of time and patience.
These slowly cured finishes offer an incredible level of protection, meaning that your floor will last a lifetime within your project, regardless of footfall and activity.
The time taken to grant this durability can be excruciating, but the considerable effect it has on your flooring is more than worth it.
Rather than apply a finish that alters the physical appearance of our antique and reclaimed wood, we choose to finish our floors to look traditionally authentic and in keeping with the original patina.
To protect the surface of the wood, we slowly polish it to a lustrous finish.
Unlike manmade flooring, our reclaimed floors have a lot of original shape and movement and as such, they demand to be finished by hand.
Hand repairs are key to fully restoring antique and reclaimed timbers.
Within them there is often spaces where beams would have been inserted, cracks from natural weathering and manmade blemished from a previous life – all of which we celebrate at Woodworks.
Our artisans use carefully cut wooden plugs and pegs to fill smaller holes, with larger restorations requiring a great amount of thought and care to achieve a fully restored floor.
We go far further than simply reclaiming and these repairs showcase exactly why Woodworks are the finest restorers of antique and reclaimed flooring in the world.
Hand rolled edges represent the ultimate expression of craftmanship.
Each corner and edge is carefully worked by hand, rolling a metal pin along each outer to create soft, aged edges. This edge detail gives a pillowed effect to each element, for the most natural movement across the entire floor.
The process is incredibly time consuming, but the aesthetic result is more than worth the effort put into every block and plank.
Woodworks create all manner of edge details, each of which designed and considered to complement the overall appearance of your floor.
Our extraordinary Parquet de Versailles design is registered to Woodworks and cannot be found in any other floor, or anywhere else.
We hand cut the elements within our panels and are the only creators in the world to match each element from panel to panel.
These panels are crafted from the finest antique, reclaimed, aged and new materials and are unmatched in quality.
Yakisugi is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to produce deep, silvered tones.
The process is painstakingly intricate and requires the use of an open flame.
We were the first innovators to bring this technique to the United Kingdom combined with effective finishes.
This adds a distinctive colouring to the wood, whilst prolonging the life of the material, protecting it from fire, infestation and rot.
Grasping Yakisugi is incredibly challenging, but our artisans assure that each piece is carefully carbonised, with the results being statement masterpieces.
Every Woodworks floor is meticulously checked throughout the crafting process to ensure that each floor we create achieves the extraordinary standards which we set ourselves.
From selecting the very best and most appropriate raw materials to craft with, through to the finishing touches, only the very best will satisfy. We celebrate the imperfections in each piece and ensure that every Woodworks floor has balanced and a refined nature to it.
Architectural details provide the finishing touches to your floor.
At Woodworks we offer a full portfolio of details that are handmade alongside your order to ensure the best possible match to your flooring.
We make these items entirely by hand and due to the variations in natural wood and the differences in how we make architectural elements you will see some noticeable differences.
Be sure to speak to our Woodworks specification consultants at the earliest possible stage regarding your architectural details – this will allow us to manage the project in the best possible manner and reduce variations.