Is your furniture environmentally friendly?
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 oak: strong, durable, with a transparent supply chain of timber from well managed forests close to home. Oak also has another advantage, in that it can be steam bent to create solid wooden curves which allow for the most efficient use of the wood and thus result in minimal wastage.
We use only oak from certified sustainable woodland sources, with either FSC or PEFC certification. It comes predominantly from France but also Germany and a growing proportion from England, as it becomes increasingly available. The trees that we use at Gaze Burvill are between 120 and 150 years old, and all come from sustainably planted and re-planted forests.
In 2010 Simon Burvill became a Trustee of Woodland Heritage, a charity which supports the re-establishment of the link between furniture and forest, and promotes expert planting and management of prime quality woodlands and forests.
Gaze Burvill never forgets the important link which connects forestry and furniture-making. This bond between a final piece and the trees or woodlands from which it is has come has too often been broken by industrialisation and globalisation of supply. This break has in some areas degraded our appreciation of a wonderful natural material, not to mention caused great environmental damage and waste, with furniture manufacture directly responsible for the deforestation of large areas around the world. All wood, as a growing tree or as a piece of furniture, captures carbon in the best way, Nature’s way.