Turning the tables
The dining table enjoys a renaissance at Royal Oak Furniture
So much a part of our culture, with every home in the country likely to own at least one, the humble table is generally taken for granted as just ‘part of the furniture’.
But, says Janet Kent of Royal Oak Furniture, there has been a rise in demand for dining tables, and adds:
“Our round Knightsbridge design seems to be the preferred shape, popular for regular family use as well as entertaining, because it’s conducive to easy conversation among equals”.
All are made to order; with a range of designs for inspiration, the customer’s choice of size, style and finish of each piece is completely bespoke.
Though oak features as their favourite timber, the craftsmen are equally happy working with other beautiful woods, including cherry, walnut and mahogany.
The team have amassed an exceptional level of skill and expertise in the production of their handmade furniture.
Using tried and tested traditional methods including mortice and tenon joints, dovetailed drawers, slot screwed drawer bottoms and floating door panels combined with the latest modern machinery, the furniture is both robust and beautiful. Table tops are polished with a modern lacquer, applied in several stages and finished with a coat of wax resulting in a deep, smooth, hard wearing finish.
The Kents’ Yorkshire roots mean value for money is at the heart of their craftsmanship and they are generally able to tailor commissions to modest budgets.
Perched high above Grassington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the showroom and workshops are worth a visit for the stunning vista from the car park alone, not to mention the feel and smell of wood and polish inside and the chance to see true craftsmen at work
Royal Oak Furniture, Moor Lane, Grassington, Skipton, BD23 5BD
Tel: 01756 753378.
DEMAND: Tables such as the round Knightsbridge are increasingly popular.