From Tree Trunk to Living Room
At Farstrup Furniture, we have been responsible for solid Danish craftsmanship since the start-up in 1910, when we started as a sawmill. Today we have built millions of high quality sustainable chairs and today stand for the same values of love for wood, solid craftsmanship and timeless design.
So how do we make quality furniture from scratch? All our furniture goes through a long process, which ensures that each individual piece of furniture lives up to our high quality standards.
So how do we make the chair?
The raw tree trunk
The first part of the process takes place when selecting the right wood from the right forest areas. When it comes to making sustainable furniture, it is important to choose the right wood. At Farstrup Furniture, as far as possible, we only use wood from Northern European forests. We do this because wood from Northern Europe simply lasts longer. The reason for this is that the trees grow more slowly, which allows the tree to build a stronger trunk. With strong and well-developed trunks, we thus build durable furniture, which in a timeless design easily lasts for several generations.
When the raw tree trunks land at our furniture factory, the trunk is cut into solid plank pieces so it is ready to be machined. The first part of the machining is to plan the wood so that it has the right thickness to work on. The planks are leveled and planed to obtain the same dimensions that are ready for further processing. With modern CNC milling, we can cut the wood into a myriad of shapes and pieces, all of which have good quality that we can vouch for. Finally, before the wood is sent on, the wood is sanded by hand, so that it has a nice and smooth surface – ready to be made into a chair.
Molding of veneer
We cut the planks out of thin veneer. Wood is a living material and with solid wood you will often experience problems with e.g. humidity and temperatures. By using veneer, we aviod tensions in the wood from humidity and temperatures and at the same time achieve a reduction in the weight of the wood. We mold the veneer in our molds and get one piece of wood in the desired shape. The individual pieces of wood are subsequently glued together, and then we have the foundation for a chair.
The chair’s “frame” is sent for varnishing, where it is varnished with a protective varnishing which at the same time brings out the natural vein and structure of the wood. After the chairs have been varnished, they are “hung to dry” on our specially made rotation system, which runs at a fixed pace which ensures the same drying time for each chair. If you have chosen to have your chair equipped with an extra layer of foam, this will be glued together and placed on the chair’s seat.
Application of fabric leather
The last part of the process takes place with our seamstresses. The textile or leather that has been chosen will be cut, sewn, clipped and applied to the chair together with the foam – we now have a finished chair that is ready to be sent to you.
And that is how a Farstrup chair is made.