What do you mean by handmade furniture?
I believe that a handmade furniture piece is one where you can see the maker's fingerprints. Made by one who does the work him/herself and provides a piece that is very personal. There are no machine marks, instead carefully beveled edges and hand planed surfaces all made possible with finely tuned blades.
Where do your furniture names originate from?
The projects featured on this website are all named after the customer that inspired the original design.
How long should I expect to wait for my custom furniture?
I don't work to deadlines but generally, 6-8 weeks is a typical amount of time to complete your custom furniture piece. For my own sanity and pursuit of quality I need to work on one piece of furniture at a time. This is due to the fact I’m a one man shop and utilise a substantial amount of handwork in my projects. Once I begin work on your project, you’ll find things progress very quickly with many updates along the way. A lot of focus, time and care goes into each piece.
Do you have a showroom where we can view the furniture?
Lloyd Brooke Furniture is not a retail store as I make and design bespoke furniture to suit each individual customer's needs. Customers are invited to visit a work in progress at my workshop in Kerikeri, Northland. This is a good opportunity to look through samples and chat about the design and finer details of the bespoke piece.
I use the Livos Countertop Oil and Osmo Polyx hardwax oil interchangeably on my handcrafted furniture pieces. They are both non yellowing products that doesn't form a plastic film on the bespoke furniture. They still offer appropriate protection and are easily maintained by the customer.
What types of timber do you use?
Any furniture grade timber is an option. All timbers are sustainably harvested and well suited to hand tool usage. Timber selection is of utmost importance in handmade furniture.
What if I mark my piece (eg. heat ring)?
A product care document is sent out with each custom piece with complete instructions on how to rejuvenate your surface.
Do you freight New Zealand wide?
Absolutely. Delivery prices vary according to location and access. Pickup from the workshop can also be arranged.
Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my order?
Yes a 50% deposit is taken once the design has been finalised. This will secure your spot for a custom piece in the work schedule.