In an age of mass consumerism, it’s easy to forget how much skill and thought can go into a piece of furniture.
I recently had a reminder of this when Ercol invited me to look around their Buckinghamshire-based factory.
While the timber comes from outside the UK, all the hard work transforming it from planks to beautiful chairs, tables and more, is all done there by a mixture of machine and long-serving craftsmen.
But first I had to don some sexy specs…
We started by watching pieces of timber being cut:
Finally, we saw some staining, which can be pretty tricky as the company only uses water-based paints, and then a chair being constructed.
So perhaps, as you’re sitting here reading this, especially if you’re on a wooden chair, you’ll have a better idea of how much work went into it.
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