You can’t beat a piece of handcrafted solid wood rustic furniture. The patience, time and creativity involved in crafting handmade furniture is often overlooked for cheap and mass produced product. But we never got that memo!
We hand make every piece. Each creation is unique and crafted with care to show-case the character of the wood used. The timber used for our outdoor furniture pieces has been grown and milled right here in NZ.
All our indoor wooden furniture creations are made from salvaged or reclaimed timbers, many were destined for landfill or the burn pile. We keep track of where our timber comes from so every piece of furniture has a story. This is our way of being a little more sustainable and preventing this beautiful natural resource from being wasted.
Col never liked office jobs very much. He's spent over 30 years on the tools honing his skills as a master builder and now he's headed to his own workshop. Frustrated when he couldn't find suitable solid wood outdoor dining furniture he decided to create his own. And so, Strongbarn Woodshop was born. He's the owner, maker and furniture designer. When it comes to timber, he knows his stuff, Quality is at the heart of every piece he creates.
Col's partner Gina has given up her corporate heels for a pair of steel cap boots to help behind the scenes at Strongbarn Woodshop. Leaving a long career in design and print management you'll find her in the Woodshop sanding or staining under Col's perfectionist eye and managing the daily business tasks ... or chasing their dog out of the saw-dust pile.
To help your outdoor furniture stand tough against our kiwi climate we use our 'Clear' or "Rustic Brown" finish. For this we fully coat the timber with a quality oil based treatment. We can also supply your outdoor furniture 'Natural' (bare timber) for you to colour as you wish.
Be aware that direct sunlight, humidity changes and fluctuating temps will all affect timber. Cracks, bowing, splits and changes in colour can occur in the natural weathering process.
We're just a phone call away if you have any questions. We may be small, but we're big on customer service!