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Artful Shelves

About Us

My name is Steven and crafting bespoke live edge wood products is my passion in fact “obsession”.
Based near Dorchester, Dorset – UK a sole crafter of character live edge natural waney English Wood.

Learning my trade as a trainee general estate worker to wood crafter began some 40 years ago working on Historic Country Estates.
In those days my seasonal years consisted of planting trees, fencing, charcoal burning, firewood production, cutting hazel with billhooks for thatching spars, coppicing ash, oak and sweet chestnut for cleft post and rail fencing felled through the winter.

In our milder Spring season surrounded by wild garlic, beautiful wild orchids and waves of bluebells coupled with natural intoxicating aroma we would make up thatching spars, wattle hurdles. This all sounds romantic but! Mother Nature steps in with her seasonal elements to scold us and bring us Land Workers back in check through the harsh winter!

Working with horses to extract timber in sensitive forests is one of my most memorable times.
I progressed in experience over the decades to become a competent tree climber, woodland tree felling and extraction, Countryside management, crafting products from the gnarly timber I lived with.

Over the years my obsession for creating functional usable natural character furniture resulted in Artful Shelves. Bespoke Cottage wood crafting business.

How is it created?

Natural

Charisma

To produce your bespoke unique wood furniture, Artful Shelves require to purchase boards with the most natural character, cavities, knots, heavy grain, cracks, splits, pippy burrs and most important a gnarly natural wavy, waney live front edge. All our timber is air dried; this allows the timber to naturally acclimatise seasonally by stacking with stick spacings for air flow releasing its tensions naturally for a few years.

gnarly

Drying it

To Perfection

Usually this air-drying process is based on 1 inch per year thickness of the live edge natural board. After natural air drying these timber boards are placed in a kiln to reduce further the moisture content to suit interior home and office environments of 7-12%. It is important to only purchase kiln dried for internal use, if your timber has air dried for years outside it will contain far too much moisture and more than likely cup, twist, “Warp”!

Natural

Charisma

To produce your bespoke unique wood furniture, Artful Shelves require to purchase boards with the most natural character, cavities, knots, heavy grain, cracks, splits, pippy burrs and most important a gnarly natural wavy, waney live front edge. All our timber is air dried; this allows the timber to naturally acclimatise seasonally by stacking with stick spacings for air flow releasing its tensions naturally for a few years.

gnarly

Drying it

To Perfection

Usually this air-drying process is based on 1 inch per year thickness of the live edge natural board. After natural air drying these timber boards are placed in a kiln to reduce further the moisture content to suit interior home and office environments of 7-12%. It is important to only purchase kiln dried for internal use, if your timber has air dried for years outside it will contain far too much moisture and more than likely cup, twist, “Warp”!

This shelf is absolutely stunning and has become a feature above our fireplace. It's even more beautiful than the pictures.

KrystalFeb '20

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This mantel is absolutely amazing, thanks so much.

DawnDec '19

These shelves are true works of art! It came exactly how it was pictured on the website. Steven answered all of my questions and was truly a delight to buy from. Our shelf arrived on time and was packaged so thoroughly that there was no chance of any damage when it arrived. I can’t recommend Steven and his beautiful shelves enough!

CynthiaNov '19

I can't say enough about the craftsmanship and quality. I highly recommend ArtfulShelves, they not only provide a quality product, but genuinely care about service.

DarrellSep '19

The quality of the workmanship and the finish of this piece is exquisite. We have a few pieces of furniture created using naturally sourced wood such as this piece, but the finish on those are nowhere near as good as this piece. So much so that I have ordered another piece to complement this one.

DulanAug '19

This shelf is of exceptional quality and it arrived from the UK surprisingly quickly! Steve was quick to answer questions fully and clearly, and he made sure to package up his wares with diligent care so as to ensure its safe transport. Thanks to ArtfulShelves for the great work and quick turn-around. I’ll be placing another order soon!

ZachJul '19

This shelf is absolutely beautiful and exactly what I was hoping for! The color is rich and the texture is smooth as velvet. It is also extremely sturdy. I am really very impressed and hope to have this in the family for a very long time. It arrived quickly and the seller was kind enough to reach out and update me as tracking changed once it hit the United States. If your looking for heirloom quality and beauty these are the shelves for you. Extremely happy! 🙂

GoldenKoiJul '19

Bespoke, Custom-crafted Art

The work we do is typically bespoke, custom-made working closely with  our customer
All of our woodwork is hand-crafted to perfection, to suit your needs explicitly.
If you are interested in a custom-crafted character live edge or square edge pigmented resin inclusion wooden shelves. please contact us with a personal query.

Contact Us
Old Yew Tree Timber Butt

    Contact Info

    Steven Longstaff

    E: [email protected]
    T: +44 7548 210606

      Contact Info

      Steven Longstaff

      E: [email protected]
      T: +44 7548 210606