Kent based Whetstone Oak produce some truly exquisite pieces. Founded by James Ransley, the third generation in his family to work in hand crafting oak, he learned his techniques from his father and grandfather.
Passionate about using only the very best timber and evidently talented about using the raw material to create beautiful furniture, his work is creative and modern whilst still making the most of the beauty of the wood.
The Chaplins table was created after James met Simon Chaplin at Clerkenwell Design Week. Wanting something stand-out, the orange was used to offset the timber in an interesting and unfussy way.
The Great Pulteney Table was a piece for an office on Great Pulteney Street in Soho, and is designed to be used in a communal manner. The use of the pair of burr boards rather than a single slab was something James was keen to do aesthetically, as well solving the problem of laptop wires. The gap meant that he could avoid drilling unsightly holes and instead make the most of two pieces of timber that were clearly defined.
The walnut desk, one of James’ personal favourites, was commissioned by David Bentheim for a client after James met him at a show and showed him the design. The walnut needed for the design, which David was very keen on using, took 2 months to find and 3 months to dry. The results are gorgeous, and 2 more are on their way.
For more of Whetstone’s amazing work, click the link above. James’ work will also be featured at Clerkenwell Design Week next week.