Furniture

 Traditional wooden furniture is handcrafted for Cranfields in New Zealand.  The timber furniture range includes furniture for the whole house

Cranfields’ wooden furniture is traditionally handcrafted (or handmade) in NZ out of solid oak - making each piece guaranteed to handle the demands of modern day living. The range includes living room, dining and bedroom pieces. 

The timber is stained according to your choice from the five colour options - natural through to dark.  It is then sealed, shellacked, impregnated with Danish oil which makes it heat resistant and low maintenance,and then waxed and polished.  This is known as the traditional French Polish finish.

philosophy
Since 1991 Cranfields have been dedicated to offering the finest solid timber furniture. The style has evolved into one of relaxed elegance blending both modern and traditional, ensuring the pieces sit seamlessly in a contemporary setting through to the more classical interior.

Timeless style with simple lines and superb construction ensure each furniture piece's longevity both aesthetically and physically. Our timber range is not static as we constantly strive to produce new pieces in line with our policy of quality and individuality.

quality construction
Each piece of Cranfields wooden furniture is handcrafted in New Zealand by one cabinet maker from start to finish. Traditional hand making techniques like dovetailing, floating drawers and pegging not only add character they also ensure the structural integrity of the furniture.

  

After construction each timber surface area is hand planed many times to achieve a softened aged look. Layers of furniture stain are then hand applied building up to a rich luminous colour of your choice.

Once dried the timber is shellacked by a master French polisher and then impregnated with Danish oil. This cures to from a safe natural and low maintenance finish that is heat (not oven heat), water and wear resistant. Perfect for the demands of modern day living. The final wax and polish gives the timber a beautiful patina and indeed with age and wear Cranfields furniture develops even more character and warmth.

responsibly forested timber
Solid oak timber is used for its good looks, hardness and durability. The wood is sustainably grown and harvested in the United States. The trees are pruned regularly to ensure regular grain patterns and fewer knots, ensuring exceptionally strong timber of the utmost quality. New Zealand grown elm is also occasionally available. Only occasionally because it is obtained via low impact logging, only being milled when an elm tree needs to be removed from a park or farm.

custom made and personalised service
As each piece of timber furniture is handmade by one cabinetmaker from start to finish Cranfields are in an excellent position to offer a personalisation or customisation service to your own specifications for your furniture. Any request that sits with our style, design and is technically feasible will be considered.

The charge for this personalisation service depends on the complexity, additional labour and raw material costs. Please contact your closest store for more information. “Cranfields did an excellent job with our custom furniture - the quality of the work and the precision was outstanding. We liked the contemporary look and feel and it matched well into our period home.” John Rowland, Melbourne.

colour
Timber being a natural material always provides a subtle variation in colour. While all items photographed and floor stock is stained dark walnut Cranfields offers a range of colour options to suit your interior. These colours range from the darkest walnut through to a light honey brown, please enquire at your nearest store for stain samples.

warranty
All furniture is covered by Cranfields five year structural guarantee. Cranfields offers a guarantee to the original Purchaser that the furniture sold is free of defects in workmanship and materials. Cranfields will repair or replace, at its option and costs, the affected part or parts. This guarantee does not apply when: a) Failure to follow product care instructions b) Normal wear and tear c) Exposure to direct sunlight or dramatic temperature variations

care instructions
A weekly wipe with a soft damp cloth will remove any dust buildup. Rather than concentrating on one localised area, be sure to wipe down the whole surface. Any spillages should be wiped clean and dry. The use of table mats is advised, and do not use any corrosive detergents near the timber. Do not drag furniture as this places stress on the joints and when removing objects from the surface lift rather than sliding to prevent any surface damage.

A yearly polish with a good quality bee’s wax is recommended to keep the timber supple and fed. Avoid any extreme temperature and climate changes. Every care has been taken in construction to normalise the wood to allow for expansion and contraction of the timber without any overall movement.

However, it is essential that the furniture’s’ environment is stabilised as much as possible, eg. avoiding direct heat sources like radiators and sunlight.