OUR HANDCRAFTED AGED WOOD
Floors with subtle imperfections
Emulating wood floors that have been walked on for centuries, we’ve crafted our Aged wood to embody all of the characteristics of our favourite antique wood floors.
Every Aged floor has been crafted from the finest French Oak from Quercy. We chose this Oak for its lovely decorative grain, intricate medullary rays and characterful array of knots & burrs.
We approach making these floors in very much the same way that we would restore an antique floor. Every board is worked by hand and is totally unique. We understand each and every board and we work it so that we make the most of its features. From the knots, cracks and residual saw marks no two pieces of this floor are alike. This is a floor that celebrates the beauty of its imperfections.
Aged floors are available in wide plank, chevron, herringbone and parquet de Versailles designs. All are constructed with marine quality birch plywood in a 2-ply engineered construction.
Taking time to make
The French Oak that we use in our Aged wood floors is seasoned for a minimum of 24 months.
These years of seasoning draw out the beautiful shape, texture and movement that makes our Aged Oak floors so special.
This is just the first stage of a long journey that will take the finest French Oak and transform it into a beautiful Aged floor.VIEW OUR AGED COLLECTION
Hand worked details
Each and every element in our Aged floors has a gently rolled edge detail.
This creates a softness in your floor as the undulations within each plank continue through the joints between them.
All of this work is done by hand to ensure that you Aged floor feels like it has been in use for generations.
Lots of the hand work we undertake is very subtle and is only perceptible in the completed floor.
Hand samples unfortunately cannot give you an accurate representation of how beautiful these floors are.
OUR AGED TEXTURES
A totally random approach
We are inspired by the natural aging of an old wood floor where the floor has evolved in many different ways depending on where it has been used and how much wear and tear it has experienced.
To ensure that our Aged floors encapsulate these features we take every board we work on its own merits. Hand working it to bring out the very best in Oak’s natural features.
This approach encourages our craftsmen to make their own interpretations as to what works best and this approach delivers a floor with totally random features.CREATING WOODWORKS FLOORING
Scrubbed knots, random saw marks and much more
This will include scrubbed knots where the hardness of the knot demands that is sits slightly proud to the floor.
Saw marks that will vary in intensity from very subtle to being more pronounced.
Repaired splits both through the body of a board and on the ends.
And finally, undulations through the floor that will vary depending on how each piece of wood has seasoned over time.
We sometimes get asked for Aged floors with some of these features left out, this would be a contradiction as it is all these features that define what an Aged floors is.
A slow cured approach
Woodworks has a unique approach to finishing its floors. Everything we do is slow-cured and air-dried.
This ensures that not only do our floors look good but they also perform really well. A slow cured approach means finishes that are naturally dried in between each application. This not only makes them incredibly durable but also means that they can easily be re-coated in time.
THE FINAL TOUCHES
Some Aged floors are finished with our Burnished Hardwax Oil. This penetrates deep into the wood for a very natural feel. Our slow cured approach also means that we can apply a far heavier build up than is possible with a fast cured approach. Finally, we burnish our Aged floors to create a warm a rich patina.
Other Aged floors are finished with our Naked Skin Lacquer. This has an almost invisible appearance. This is highly deceptive as this has incredibly durability which is especially important for lighter toned floors.MORE ON OUR WOODWORKS FINISHES