A marriage of materials and techniques: oak feature trusses sit on a steel frame. These oak trusses from part of an extension to a property on the Cardigan coast and are as much an engineered product as the supporting framework below them. However unlike the more functional steel, these oak frames will be visible and form part of the interior design.
Each piece of green oak is visually assessed to ensure it passes our rigorous grading criteria. With this particular build, traditional mortice and tenon joints have been replaced with stainless steel flitch plates and high tensile bolts. Stainless steel ensures the plates are protected from the corrosive affects of the green oak. Each joint and timber section has been engineered to accommodate specific loads and the frame designed to work within the building designers criteria.
After assembling the frame, the oak is prepared for finishing. Here an oiled finish was applied, giving the oak a warm honey colouring. At the same time the oil allows the oak to continue drying.
The engineered symmetry of the bolted joints is pleasing to the eye and when combined with the oiled finish, provided a rather unique aesthetically pleasing interior.