No. 050 and No. 78 – Atelier Espenaer

No. 050 and No. 78

We figured these awesome pieces of woodworking tools deserved their own frame on our wall.

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Reclaimed wood

Staining reclaimed fir

As part of our commitment to environmentalism we strongly favor reusing materials. Every month we receive a batch of long Norway spruce (Picea Abies) boards used in transportation. These boards are normally disposed of after the transport, but in our atelier they get a second life as exclusive furniture pieces. The downside is that this reclaimed Norway spruce always comes in one color, so to increase its potential in terms of creativity and design, we sometimes add a different hue to it, like in this picture.

Norway spruce is fairly common in use in the Netherlands, particularly in construction and transportation, and the truth is that most woodworkers are reluctant to use it for quality furniture. We, however, don’t shy away from using this spruce, especially if it is reclaimed like in this case, because we believe that this is how we can contribute to a more sustainable economy. This is also why, aside from these reclaimed boards, we opt for sustainably sourced timber and salvaged wood.

Read more about our take on environmentalism here and also consider our manifesto to read about our overall philosophy.

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Glimpse of latest project

A glimpse of our latest project

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A sunny morning in wintery Amsterdam

A sunny morning in wintery Amsterdam

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Planing the edges

Planing the edges

Planing the edges of a reclaimed fir board. Pretty much every project starts with cleaning the rough surface of timber and getting the wood to preferred dimensions. The handplane is an indispensable tool for artisanal woodworkers for these

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Triple sticks in Vlekken

Triple sticks in our Vlekken cabinet

Signature triple sticks in our Vlekken cabinet.

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First (artificial) lights of 2017

Plane tree in first (artificial) lights of 2017

An urban plane tree, or London plane (Platanus × acerifolia) to be more specific, in the first (artificial) lights of 2017, covered in the leftover fog of NYE fireworks displays. Thankfully, these planes are highly tolerant of air pollution.

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