Furniture  Designed  and  Hand  Made  in  Scotland

Table DetailSeveral ASHS members design and make furniture or work closely with cabinetmakers, often sharing the same premises. They make traditional and contemporary wooden furniture in oak, elm, beech, sycamore, cherry, ash, birch and other hardwoods. This beautiful hand made furniture is made by cabinetmakers who really know their craft and have a true appreciation of the character and beauty of Scottish hardwoods. Much of their work is to commission, and many produce unique pieces that exemplify aspects of contemporary furniture design.

The furniture design is often informed by rather than imposed on the wood.

Here you can find reproduction and contemporary furniture for all areas of the home, including sleigh beds, dining tables, bookcases, coffee tables, oak dressers, chests and all types of chair. Each individual pieces is made to the highest standards of craftsmanship obtainable in bespoke furniture in the UK.

Interior  Joinery

ASHS members will produce all types of standard-sized or bespoke interior wooden fittings to order. Many ASHS members are linked with joiners or cabinet-makers and so can install or build furniture or fittings.

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Kitchens  and  Worktops

Graham Murdoch Elm KitchenASHS members design and build beautiful bespoke kitchens in oak, beech, sycamore and other Scottish hardwoods. They also make single items of kitchen furniture - for example, kitchen cabinets and worktops. Each kitchen is made from Scottish hardwood, giving your kitchen warmth, style and character.

The beautiful kitchen worktops made by our members are usually made from planks of oak, beech, or sycamore. The extra width of a plank—in contrast to the narrow staves found in block worktops—allows you to see and appreciate the particular beauty of Scotland's home-grown wood. Many ASHS members also produce block worktops (made by gluing strips of wood together), which can be as wide or long as needed.

Kitchen cabinets or cabinet doors are also available in solid wood, as well as oak dressers and solid wood kitchen tables.

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Garden  Seats  and  Benches—Picnic  Tables

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Our members hand make hardwood garden benches and garden seats in oak, elm and other woods. They also make solid wood picnic tables and benches, which can be used in either gardens or public parks and picnic areas.

dove-S-IMG 3789All the wood used by ASHS members for garden furniture is grown and cut in Scotland and is carefully chosen for its strength and toughness, durability, and natural beauty. Oak is often the first choice for outdoor furniture because of its natural durability, but its also possible to use other hardwoods, such as elm, and durable softwoods, especially European larch.

The garden benches, seats and picnic tables are usually made to order. They are strong and built to last, and because they are handmade, no two are identical, unlike most of the furniture thats currently available through garden centres.

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Hardwood  Flooring

Beautiful Hardwood FlooringASHS members produce solid wooden floors from Scottish hardwoods - Oak, Beech, Elm, Ash, Birch and also European Larch.

Usually our members supply flooring to order, making each individual floor from their own timber stocks. These wooden floors have a lot of character, with beautiful markings e.g., cats paws, knots and interesting grain patterns on the elm and oak floors. If you choose a wooden floor thatâ's made from Scottish grown hardwood, you really will buy something that's unique and meaningful.

Scottish wooden flooring is available from several ASHS members do remember to order well in advance as lead times vary from one sawmill to the next and also vary depending on the species.

Oak flooring is traditional and popular: oak floors are a warm biscuit colour, which darkens when the floor is finished, particularly if its finished with oil and wax. They also wear well.

Ash floors look quite different. They tend to have more colour variation, arising from the contrast between shades of olive brown and pale cream in the heartwood. Many of the planks will exhibit the characteristic ash figure oval waves of light and dark, spring and summer, wood. Ash is a particularly tough wood, so it's a good choice for floors that need to resist impact.

Elm floors are unpredictable. There's a lot of variation in the grain pattern and a lot of character marks in the wood. Plus, elm usually has different colours running through it streaks of green, brown, even purple. Overall, elm tends to be similar in colour to oak, but elm flooring may have darker areas.

Birch and sycamore are paler than elm, ash and oak floors. Both are fairly uniform in colour, with planks exhibiting similar subtle figure. Birch is a light brown almost golden colour wood, resulting in a bright floor that looks particularly good in a room with lots of sunlight. Sycamore is creamy with a natural lustre.

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