By Hartwood Joinery Company Director, David Martin
Last month, we had the pleasure of contributing to an award-winning exhibit, ‘Positively Stoke-On-Trent’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
It’s always great to finish a project and to see happy, satisfied clients, but seeing our work on BBC News and being admired by so many was extremely fulfilling, to say the least.
Working on the project was a great opportunity to showcase Hartwood’s capabilities. It showed our current clients, and our prospective ones, that we don’t solely work with interiors. In truth, our skills extend far beyond the front door or shop window! Working on landscaping projects is great fun and it was fantastic to work alongside Barry at Bartholomew Landscaping, Daniel Gottschalk, and the Stoke-On-Trent City Council teams, who owned the project and pulled it together so brilliantly.
For us, it's exciting to see such an innovative designs incorporating timber. We started working on the project earlier this year and it's been a really rewarding experience to see the finished design in its entirety on the small screen.
We worked closely with Barry and Daniel and gave them both our design advice to ensure that the desired look was achieved, that it was durable, and yet still delivered the luxury appearance worthy of an award.
Our input was required throughout, from consulting in the initial stages to the delivery of complex CAD drawings and design techniques to achieve the finished look.
We took Bartholomew's design drawings and extracted the timber in order to accurately fabricate our element. We also supplied plywood templates covering every millimetre of the garden. This is standard Hartwood procedure and one of the many services we pride ourselves on.
The plans specified the use of iroko, a large hardwood tree from the West coast of tropical Africa. We carefully selected the highest quality timber we could source, and worked tirelessly to ensure that this would create the desired effect.
We also worked closely with the metalwork team to ensure that the timber and metal fitted together like a jigsaw on site.
What with the seriously tight deadlines, this was a challenge, but one we met and naturally delivered on.
The curved bench seat looked fantastic on the finished exhibit. We used various compound curves to fabricate a shaped seat to suit the curved granite structure. Wrapping, packing and delivery to Chelsea were all of a high standard.
My teams, my general manager Julian Bourne and I worked really hard to meet deadlines and I’m sure I speak for them all when I say how rewarding it was to see it all come together.
It was great to work with Bartholomew Landscaping and Stoke-On-Trent City Council and we’d like to congratulate them once again on scooping Silver Gilt Flora for their brilliant exhibit.
Well done, all!