Customization
Customization
 

Custom furniture made on Salt Spring Island


Every Salt Spring Wood Co. piece is custom designed and fabricated. As a client, you are our collaborator. We use our years of expertise to make you not only functional furniture, but a piece of art for your home.

Typically, the customer provides a general indication of size, leg choice, wood species as well as other details. If you are contacting us for a quote or preparing for a consultation, we ask you to consider the following questions below.

Let’s connect virtually or one-on-one to discuss all your dreams and inspirations related to your custom made furniture. Check out our studio and see how we lovingly design and craft your pieces. We want to work with you on creating the perfect piece for your space.


Why do we use wood & steel?

Why do we use wood & steel

Our designs focus primarily on the joining of wood & metal. The natural strength and beauty of both materials give our pieces incredible durability, form and function.


Powder Coating Metal

Powder Coating Metal

Powder coating colors are endless. Black, Gold, Gray, White and virtually every color under the sun are available for you to choose from. Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint which is delivered via an evaporating solvent, powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat or with ultraviolet light. Powder coating creates a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.


Where does our wood come from?

Where does our wood come from?

The vast majority of our wood comes from fallen trees here on Salt Spring Island B.C. Canada. We often source live edge slab and book match pieces for specific projects, please contact us if you have a vision that you would like to see come to fruition.

 

Wood species

We have a strong environmental commitment to use locally sourced salvaged and reclaimed wood. We've used wood from stately old Bigleaf Maple, Black Walnut, Arbutus, and Oak fallen in storms that would otherwise have been turned into firewood or mulch. By using salvaged wood, we are maintaining a small carbon footprint, and at the same time taking the opportunity to capture the beauty of large, 100+ year old trees, preserving them forever in the heirloom pieces we create. These pieces are full of history, and the enormous single slab or book-matched tables that we create are living monuments to their previous grandeur.

The wood that you choose will depend on the color or tone that you desire, and the figuring and features that will complement the space in your home.

Big Leaf Maple

The Bigleaf maple is the largest maple tree to grow in Canada, and it is native to western North America, mostly near the Pacific coast. This makes it a truly local choice. It is abundant and often succumbs to storms. Ambrosia Maple, Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple, Quilted Maple and Spalted Maple are all forms of figured maple, technically not a separate species.


Black Walnut

The wood of the Black Walnut tree is highly prized for its density, grain and colour. The wood is a deep, rich brown with an attractive grain. It contains juglone, tannins and other compounds that produce a dark purple dye that was used by early settlers for dying hair and cloth. The purple and gray streaks are visible in many of the live edge slabs we have.


Garry Oak

The only native oak species in western Canada, Garry oak are a rare hardwood community found along the Pacific Northwest from BC (southeast Vancouver Island, South Coast) to California. Garry oak ecological communities are typically upland and marine variant widlflower meadows, open woodlands or small populations of Garry oak in prairie type grassland communities.


Wood Characteristics

Wood grain is the alternating regions of relatively darker and lighter wood resulting from the differing growth parameters occurring in different seasons (i.e., growth rings) on a cut or split piece of wood.

Causes including fungus, burls, stress, knots, special grain alignments, and others produce figure in wood. Their rarity often promotes the value of both the raw material, and the finished work it becomes a part of, these include bird's eyes, quilting, fiddlebacking, and curliness.

The way a given piece of wood has been sawn affects both its appearance and physical properties:

- Slab sawn: is the way tables are cut, tables are made from one slab piece of a tree or a book match. A book match being two consecutive pieces that are cut and opened up to reveal a match.

- End grain: the grain of wood seen when it is cut across the growth rings.

Bookmatching

When applied to wood, is the practice of matching two adjoining pieces of wood cut from the same tree. When the pieces are opened the surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book.


Bark inclusions

Inclusions form when a branch union occurs on the main stem. The result for woodworking is variation in density in a cut slab, and on occasion, an actual hole. Bark inclusions are usually filled with epoxy for strength and function but can be incorporated into a design as well.


Quilting

Quilt or quilted maple refers to a type of figure in maple wood. It is seen on the tangential plane (flat-sawn) and looks like a wavy "quilted" pattern, often similar to ripples on water. The highest quality quilted figure is found in the Western Big Leaf species of maple.


Spalting

Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress. Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are sought by woodworkers.


Checks

Checks are a separation of the wood normally occurring across or through the rings of annual growth and usually as a result of seasoning. Checks occur when the stresses of drying exceed the tensile strength of the wood perpendicular to the grain. They are caused by tension stresses that develop in the outer part, or shell, of boards as they dry around the still wet and swollen core.

Splits are a separation of the wood through the piece to the opposite surface or to an adjoining surface due to the tearing apart of the wood cells. Splits are sometimes the result of the drying process or the dry kiln. Splits caused by drying extend across one or more growth rings (radial direction.)


Figuring

Figuring in wood, figure refers to the appearance of wood, as seen on a longitudinal surface (side-grain): a "figured wood" is not plain.

The figure of a particular piece of wood is, in part, due to its grain and, in part, due to the cut, or to innate properties of the wood. Types of figure include: bear scratches, bird's eye, blisters, burl, curl, ribbon curl, dimple, fiddleback, flame, wide flame, ghost, pin stripe, quilted, spalted and tiger stripe.


Finishing

Our finishing process is focused on bringing out the timeless beauty of the wood grain and colour inherent in each individual piece of wood. When running your hand over a tabletop, you can still feel the grains of the wood yet it is protected. The subtle and striking details in the wood are brought out by repeating the process of applying numerous coats of finish and sanding in between coats. It is a deep finish that looks astoundingly clear and minimal.

Arm-R-Seal

Very Durable. Satin Finish. Available in matte, satin, gloss
Sheen: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Durability: ★ ★ ★ ★
Maintenance: ★ ★ ★ ★
Matte, semi-gloss, or gloss finish

Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest quality urethane resin, making them extremely durable and long lasting. They are formulated to be wiped on with a cloth or applied with a foam brush, thus eliminating drips and sags. They penetrate to provide deep down protection while maintaining that "natural" look to the wood.

Colour — Warm amber tone that will continue to darken slightly over time.
Sheen — Available in Satin, Semi-Gloss & Gloss
Durability — Highest with a hardness (Köeing): 77


Danish oil

Medium durability, Only available in matte finish. Easy to refinish if needed.
Sheen: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Durability: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Maintenance: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Matte finish only

Danish oil has different recipes. However, the main components are the same for this oil: Tung oil and linseed oil. Danish oil is water resistant, it enhances the wood giving a very good low sheen. It nourishes the wood making it look darker and gives a glowing look.

Easily re-applied to keep your furniture looking healthy for years.


Osmo Polyx oil

Medium durability, Only available in matte finish. Easy to refinish if needed.
Sheen: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Durability: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Maintenance: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Matte finish only

Osmo Polyx Oils protect the wood from in and outside and does not form a film. It forms a protecting, microporous, hardwearing and extremely durable surface. The surface can easily be rejuvenated and re-application is simple. Depending on usage another coat can be applied every 6 months to a year. No sanding is necessary. Based on natural and renewable vegetable oils, with a very low-VOC content, Osmo oil is environmentally friendly.


Shou Sugi Ban

Varnished with Matte or Gloss

Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. Traditionally, Sugi wood (cryptomeria japonica L.f., also called Japanese cedar) was used. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.


Whitewashing

Whitewashing comes in Matte, Satin and Gloss

Applying a white wash stain allows you to brighten a wood surface without hiding the grain pattern. Depending on the brightness of white you would like, we would apply more coats of white stain. After the stain is applied it’s allowed to dry for 24 hours before wiping 3-6 coats of Arm-R-Seal varnish for durability.


Custom staining

Matte, Semi-gloss, Gloss finish

We offer custom staining on both varnished and waxed pieces. If you have a stain or colour for us to match, or if you just want to go a little wild, we can make you a few samples to take home and ensure the colour is perfect. Keep in mind all wood species accept stain differently. The choices are endless, so please do not hesitate to ask.


Legs

Do you have a design in mind? Will the legs / base play a supporting role or are they the statement in your custom piece? Do you like the natural colour of steel or would you prefer powder-coating? Colour can make a huge impact. We are capable of welding almost anything, so your imagination and budget are the only limits. We can assist you in this phase to ensure your desired effect is achieved. We strive to create a balance with our pieces. The legs you choose will reflect each piece and compliment the natural shape of the table.

U-Legs


H-Frame Legs


Picnic Table Legs


Rhizome Legs


Hourglass Legs


Hairpin Legs


Custom Legs


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Contact us for any questions about creating your one-of-a-kind, custom, live edge table or furniture.

Let’s connect virtually or one-on-one to discuss all your dreams and inspirations related to your custom made furniture. We invite you to check out our studio and see how we lovingly design and craft your furniture. We want to work with you and create the perfect custom made furniture for your space

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Email: saltspringwoodco@gmail.com

Phone: 250-418-0588


Hours of Operation:

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM