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Segmented Tree Shelf – Finish Buying Guide

There are lots of finishes available across our range of tree shelves and this guide should help you decide on which one will be best for you. When buying items over the internet it can be difficult to be certain about finishes and how things will really look when you get them. Variations in surrounding colour schemes and lighting will both affect this in each instance.

We aim to make all of the images on our website as accurate as possible on screen as they are in real life. With variation between devices and screens there will always be some difference in how the finishes look. If you are unsure of which finish will be correct for you then we recommend buying a sample kit – you can browse our range of sample kits here.

We have two methods that we use for building our tree shelves and the finishes vary between these. This post explains the finishes available across our segmented tree shelf range.

Our segmented tree shelves are all made from solid oak. There are three different edge options and three different finish colours. The variations of these are explained below.


Square Edge Oak

Selected from American white oak stock, this finish has very little character with straight grain and is a good match to modern oak furniture. Our American oak is QBA grade, which means that you will rarely see knots that are larger than the size of a biro. The boards are cut straight, have a uniform depth along their length and will be planed and sanded square on all sides, with the corners lightly rounded by hand. Square edge oak is available in standard oil (as shown), dark tinted oil and white limed wax colours.

Oiled Square Edge Oak

Waney Edge Oak

Selected from European Oak, which is sourced from either France or Poland. This finish maintains natural shape to the edge of the board; we remove the bark and sand the board to a smooth finish. Waney edges are different with every piece of wood. Some boards may be quite straight without much character and others may contain more natural shape. The shape of the waney edge is more evident in longer lengths of wood.

As they are not straight, waney edge boards are measured as an average along their length. This means that some portions of the shelf may come out undersized and some over. We make waney edge tree shelves at the depth specified plus the wane, which means overall they can be anything from 20 – 50mm oversized in places.

We try to source the most charactered boards that we can for this finish. They may include large holed knots and splits (which we deem to be stable). Waney edge oak is available in standard oil (as shown), dark tinted oil and white limed wax colours.

Oiled Waney Edge Oak

Bark Edged Oak

Selected from European Oak, which is sourced from either France or Poland. The ultimate in rustic and wild finishes, perfect for a tree shelf! This finish retains the real bark edge of the board and we select only the most solid, untouched bark pieces for this finish.

As this is not a manufactured edge it can be fragile; the bark on these boards has already survived the felling, transporting, sawing and kiln drying process, making it very difficult to source. It cannot be easily worked or repaired, so we are very careful to take our time when working with it.

We make bark edge tree shelves at the depth specified plus the bark, so as with the waney edge finish they can be anything from 20 – 50mm oversized in places.

We try to source the most charactered boards that we can for this finish. They may include large holed knots, splits (which we deem to be stable) and of course real bark! We recommend the bark edge oak in a standard oil colour as this best complements the contrast between the bark edge and heartwood. We only offer it in this colour as standard but this can be coloured differently as a special request.

Oiled Bark Edge Oak

If you have any queries about which finish may be best for you, then feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

 

Our Brightest Tree Yet

Our newest tree shelf commission has brought with it a whole new element to the designs that we can now offer by incorporating lighting throughout its branches.

We were approached to design a tree shelf that would make an interesting and unique feature out of an existing large, blank wall space. Very often overlooked, staircase walls are difficult to access and are a large area of the house that is usually just left as is. A staircase is a fantastic space for the bespoke design of one of our tree shelf installations. Spanning the floors of a house they very often present a tall, wide, inclined canvas to work with making them an ideal space for fitting a tree shelf into.

To add a whole new element to the design we incorporated lighting into this tree. This is the first time that we had done this and the results at the end were incredible! All of the cabling was run through channels cut out in the back of each branch meaning it is completely sealed. The transformers for the LED lights were set inside the base of the trunk meaning they too were out of sight.

Upon fitting the tree we decided to add some oak diffusing pieces to go over the lights. As the tree can be seen from a wide range of angles when walking both up and down the stairs, there were a lot of places where the direct light was dazzling and detracted from the natural look of the tree. The diffusing pieces allowed us to control this by individually setting each one after installation. This also allowed us to adjust the shadow of each light against the wall, to make sure the light coverage was even throughout the tree.

The tree design itself came from our standard Windswept Tree shelf, which gave us the starting point and inspiration for the design. We then added corner features to make the most of the available space. The branch that comes around under the window has an increased depth to create a reading area for the young children. You will notice we also included a matching bark edge stool with the tree to fit in seamlessly with the design.

We are intending to offer lighting as an option across our full tree shelf range later in the year and look forward to offering this as an option on future commission work as well.

If you would like to talk to us about the possibility of a similar commission then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!