David Ambrose ~ Furniture maker

I make tables in a variety of styles and sizes using mainly native hardwoods purchased from local farmers and landowners. The wood is sawn to the dimensions I require and then air dried for at least one year per inch of thickness in my drying shed. The air drying process is much slower than kiln drying, but if the wood is properly housed it tends to yield timber that dries straighter, has better colour and is easier on tool blades because the cell structure of the wood is not baked hard. I generally finish my tables with varnish or varathane for a long lasting, hard wearing and waterproof surface.

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