For our Oak Collections only prime Oak is selected. Using steam we shape the solid wood into strong flowing curves that provide exceptional comfort and support. Each piece is hand built by our craftsmen and has its own number and maker’s mark. It is rare to see Marine Grade Stainless Steel used for furniture design. Rarer still to see it in the elegant tapered section designed to give the Bowline Collection its unique visual quality.
Consideration for the environment was one of our original concerns, as we are unwilling to use resources, which are not regenerated at a sufficient rate to halt the erosion of the world’s rainforests. However, we remain determined not to compromise on the quality and durability of our output. Our first choice of material was therefore selected oak from between 100 and 150 years old: strong, resilient, with a transparent supply chain of timber from regenerated forests close to home. Oak also has another advantage, which is that it is simply the craftsman’s favourite resource. An important feature of the Oak is it’s exquisite patterned grain that gives the furniture its unique character. When a piece is finished it is exposed to ammonia, a process known as ‘fuming’, which darkens the oak as well as reduces the maintenance of it and it develops the beautiful silver colour the oak becomes. We select only the finest materials and use the best of traditional craft methods and modern technology.
In 1992 Christian Gaze and Simon Burvill founded Gaze Burvill with the aim of creating the finest outdoor furniture, which did not have a damaging impact on the environment. Christian and Simon both trained with John Makepeace’s Parnham Trust in Dorset, Christian at the School for Craftsmen in Wood, and Simon at Hooke Park College. Gaze Burvill originally began in a tiny workshop in England just outside the Hampshire village of East Tisted moving to larger premises in Newtonwood in 1996. Having outgrown the Newtonwood premises Gaze Burvill have just moved this year to Lodge Farm, a purpose-built, eco-friendly farm conversion close by.
Care of Furniture: Simple instructions for the care of Gaze Burvill Oak and Stainless Steel Collections are supplied with the furniture.
Cushions: Fitted cushions are available to order however, the seats are perfectly comfortable without them. They just give a softer and more inviting look to our furniture. Cushions are made of Sunbrella® fabric, and come in Canvas (off-white) as standard, although other colours are available on request. Cushions should be stored away from the elements when not in use.