Hampson Woods

England

In 2002 Jonty Hampson decided to leave office life and do something with his hands. After restoring furniture for a while, he started making things from wood and then spent eight years as a carpenter, writer and photographer in London, Austin and New York. In 2010 he founded Hampson Woods with a desire to put beautiful timber into people’s homes that stand out for their practicality and simple elegance. He made his first works with timber foraged from his family's woodland in the Lake District and from a 200-year-old fallen London Plane in Russell Square.

Philosophy

Making beautiful wooden products with patience, consideration and with a strong ethical ethos is what Jonty believes in and abides by. The timber he uses only comes from sustainable sources, ensuring an ethically sound supply chain. Everyone from forester to finisher knows where each piece once had its roots. Made with care and patience, Jonty strongly believes that a material as natural, vibrant and variable as wood should be worked by hand rather than machines to make it durable and to show its natural and beautiful variations.

How it is made

  • Sourcing the Wood

    Jonty sources the wood from a merchant selected based on his traditional and sustainable approach as well as from arborists in and around London who specialise in clearing the fallen giants of the city.

  • Defining the Shape

    Each raw wooden board that enters the workshop is assessed for knots, cracks and other natural blemishes to pick up a certain special figure or shade or curve in the grain to include in the board.

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    Cutting the Wood

    Jonty first marks out each board and other items made from the wood to minimise waste. He then carefully cuts out each board and puts wholes in the head of each piece.

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    Shaping the Wood

    Each piece is shaped with a beltsander and it is at this point it will start to come to life, as its form develops. This step in the process requires particular patience and attention in order to do justice to the beauty that lies within the finished piece – making every one different.

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    Finish Sanding

    Before the final step of the process, the board is sanded through many different grits of sandpaper, requiring the right amount of pressure until it is smooth and comfortable to hold.

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    Oiling

    After a careful look over, Jonty stamps the board and applies a wood balm made of natural oils and waxes to nourish the internal fibres and to bring the piece to life. New shades and subtle pleasing variations in colour appear bringing out in each piece its unique pattern.

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