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.
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.
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.
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.