A bespoke collection of unique pieces by Sydney’s Splinter Workshop was commissioned in August 2013 by the American Hardwood Export Council to showcase the beauty of Amercian red oak. Its signature grain and smoothness makes it popular with architects and designers for flooring and joinery, though the hardwood species is named for the shades of its autumn leaves rather than the timber itself (which has a creamy straw hue). Designer/makers at the workshop set to work, each exploiting the timber’s properties in different ways.
David Cummins combined American red oak with American black walnut to make Pat Spratt, an armchair delivering aesthetics and comfort equally.
Paul Nicholson’s Elswick sideboard demonstrated why he is considered one of the most skilled designer/makers in traditional techniques. He used handmade tools to create a fine piece that challenges the rustic image of timbers such as red oak, with drawer-fronts in quarter-sawn American white oak.
David Norrie’s Scrivania dell’amore desk continued his interest in curves by using American red oak veneers and Brendan Cody’s Nora desk combined American red oak with American walnut drawer fronts.
Ian Monty’s bench Sitting in Area, formed from a single sheet of red oak, highlighted the unique colour and grain of the species.
Learn more about American Hardwood species.