Why Choose Bespoke?

When faced with selecting new furniture, we understand that making a decision can be tough. It can feel like a lot of pressure to choose something that will work well with existing schemes that you will still love for many years to come. From large, bespoke office fittings to small yet equally important finishing touches such as mantlepieces and chopping boards, our customers choose to commission items of bespoke furniture for many different reasons. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

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Caring for your solid wood

Solid Ash Chopping Board
Solid Ash Chopping Board

Customers often ask me how to best look after solid wood products in the kitchen, such as chopping boards.

In order to stop your chopping board drying out, and make it last longer, you should lightly oil it from the time to time.

When it starts to feel slightly dry or brittle, use some kitchen towel to wipe it down with a thin layer of sunflower oil, leave it to soak in for a couple of hours, then wipe off any residue oil with a damp clean cloth.

The older your chopping board gets, the less often you’ll need to do this, I would recommend oiling every couple of months during the first few months, and then only once every year or two after that depending on how often it’s used!

Obviously this isn’t a replacement for cleaning your board, keep it clean between use (but don’t put it in the dishwasher!).

A Master Craftsman In Hampshire

Commissioning an item of bespoke furniture is the perfect way to add a touch of personality to your home. For beautiful one-off pieces, the new name in Hampshire is Master craftsman and local resident Tim Pilgrim, who has launched his own bespoke furniture business, Pilgrim Furniture. With twelve years of experience behind him, Tim has worked on a wide range of projects large and small creating unique pieces, as well having the honour of restoring two tortoise shell bedside tables for Buckingham Palace.

After finishing University in Buckinghamshire with a Higher National Diploma in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship, Tim spent several years honing his craft in London working for a premium home interiors company. Here Tim was involved in creating and fitting a wide range of high-end projects ranging from kitchens to free standing furniture, the most unique of which was creating a display unit for the lead singer of rock band Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson. The talented craftsman also won a competition which saw his work, a three legged stool, displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Home from Home” exhibition in 2009.

Now back home in Hampshire, Tim uses a mixture of traditional methods and modern machinery, working with reclaimed timber where possible to create remarkable wooden pieces, ranging from beautiful Iroko wood chopping boards to a recent Monk’s Bench and Farmhouse Style Table commission for a customer.

Restoring antique furniture is another of Tim’s passions, and he enjoys the process of returning treasures to their former glory. He is also available for bespoke furniture commissions, and can build furniture using both solid timber and veneers to create the desire wood effect for customers.

For more information, please ring Tim on 01794 341973 or email him at info@pilgrimfurniture.co.uk