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June 13, 2017

It's been a while.

A lot has happened since the last blog. The business is getting busier, with an apparent craving for white washed and grey effect floors. We can all thank Pintrest!

It's not just floors; Recently, I have been restoring kitchen worktops (why spend thous...

September 20, 2016

Happy birthday to me.

It has been little over a year since the Artisan Flooring Co was born. There are no official figures as yet for the total square metres sanded in this time, but I'll get back to you. A big thank you to my suppliers; Floorcoat and Granwax for their...

May 26, 2016

I have been a busy boy, working on floors throughout Cheltenham, Stroud and even a trip to London (Hampstead, don't you know?) restoring pine, oak, elm and teak boards, it has been a varied and interesting couple of months.

 

The natural look of wood still remains popula...

April 13, 2016

Finishing a floor essentially means the treatment you put on after the sanding process. The icing on the cake if you like. It is the stage that offers protection to the wood underneath and is vital in the overall aesthetic of the floor. Just don't say varnishing.

 

Lacqu...

November 9, 2015

The sequel Stephen Hawking never got round to write.

 

Part one.

 

The term sanding actually comes from the earliest practices of smoothing a wooden floor by rubbing sand over it by hand. Of course. It all makes sense now, right? In the 15th and 16th centuries, oak and elm...

November 5, 2015

Mahogany is an umbrella term for different sub-species of tropical hardwood found throughout the Americas, South-East Asia and parts of Oceania. The UK is the world's second biggest importer of mahogany, behind the USA.

 

Its use as a furniture wood took off in the early...

November 4, 2015

A tropical hardwood found throughout South East Asia, India and parts of Central Africa, it was first brought to Europe via Roman trade routes 2000 years ago and principally used in boatbuilding. Structurally strong and easily worked, it is also extremely hard-wearing...

November 3, 2015

One of the five most abundant trees found in the UK, oak is highly prized, not only for its great strength and hardness, but also for its aesthetic beauty and grain structure. In fact the Vikings, not especially famed for their taste, used oak for their most prestigiou...

November 2, 2015

Found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, Pine has long been used by humans to craft and create; from furniture to decking on ships, its versitility and workability has meant it has become one of the widly planted commercial trees in the world.

 

Nearly all the tree is u...

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