About us

ABOUT QUERCUS FURNITURE

Based in Ditchling, West Sussex

Quercus Furniture was set up by James Fittall early in 2007, after spending many years training and working with some of the most respected furniture makers and restorers in Kent and Sussex. Quercus is the Latin name for Oak.

James specialises in producing stunning handmade tables using the finest of reclaimed and sustainable timbers and in the professional conservation and restoration of antique and contemporary furniture

Traditional Table Making Methods

Great importance is placed on the use of traditional hand tools that have been in use by artisans since medieval times including the adze, inshave and spokeshave. Some mechanical labour is used in the early stages of construction but only to cut the timber to size leaving more time to be spent on the craftsmanship, which is the ultimate objective.

In an age of mass production, these highly skilled techniques ensure that each piece of furniture has a lived-in quality that is both timeless and unique. These stunning handmade tables have become highly collectable. Each one comes stamped and registered with an individually numbered pewter disc and also contains the owner’s name.

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CRAFTMANSHIP

James trained with the world renowned antique restorer Bruce Luckhurst at his academy of excellence in Kent, where he was awarded a post-graduate diploma ‘Conservation and Restoration of Antique Furniture’. He also worked with the acclaimed cabinet makers and restorers John Lloyd and Peter Thorp in Sussex. This is where over the years, he has built up a vast knowledge and understanding covering all aspects of furniture conservation and restoration. 

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Environment

Quercus furniture has developed an environmental policy which uses only the highest quality reclaimed wood from respected salvage yards and is very careful in sourcing new timber from sustainably managed forests that are Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) registered.

All wood finishes used are made from natural plant oils and waxes which provide a durable low maintenance finish. These finishes are microporousthus allowing the wood to breath. The oil/wax finishes do not contain biocides or preservatives and comply with EURO Norm EN 71 (suitable for food surfaces and children’s toys).

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Provenance

Every Quercus Handmade Table comes fitted with a maker’s pewter plaque which records the date, number, original owner and the maker of the piece. This provides a unique record of authenticity which is logged in our register and marks the piece as genuine, made by Quercus Furniture.