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The Nailed Pantry by Bibbings & Hensby is an exceptional example of vernacular furniture for the modern kitchen that evokes a sense of abundance and togetherness. A seemingly simple but highly skilled construction of pared-back joinery peppered with hand-forged nails and combined with textured riven handles invites you into the busy heart of the home. These highly original cabinets are designed to become modern heirlooms and imbue a sense of place and spirit of the makers.
Made exclusively with historically faithful nails hand forged by a traditional blacksmith, and without glue or complex joinery, the dresser explores the possibilities for the humble nail in contemporary handmade furniture. The Woven Oak storage baskets at the base of the Pantry are made by Lorna Singleton. Lorna is of the UK’s last remaining ‘swillers’, a specialist in weaving baskets using coppiced Oak. This version of the cabinet includes hand-made adjustable shelves and Oak Swill Storage Baskets. The cabinet can also be ordered with solid Oak drawers and a variety of custom internal and external variations- please enquire for further details.
Material: Oak, riven ash handle, wrought iron nails, clear matte oil Dimensions: cm: Width 140cm, Depth 60cm, Height 204cm inches: Width 55.1in, Depth 23.6in, Height 80.3in Care Instructions: Wipe with a damp cloth
Note: This is a made-to-order item with an 10-12 week lead time
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The duo found 18th century nails while mudlarking with faceted heads, so they commissioned hand-forged nails from a speciality blacksmith especially for this piece. The Japanese technique, Kgioroshi is used in the range; a method of hammering and moistening a component that is slightly too big for its joint before assembling the piece, each component then swelling to form a perfect fit. The irregular, wedge-shaped nails result in the piece having a much greater holding strength, producing strong and long lasting joinery. The strength is also reinforced by dado and rabbet joints. Battens have been used to keep the doors flat, a pre-industrial technique that has an extremely robust clamping action. The Pantry is complete with milk painted riven handles, a technique that utilises parts of the logs that cannot be used elsewhere.