TRADITION IN THE MAKING
Oakleaf panelling echoes the unique atmosphere generated by old oak panelling with all its crookedness and asymmetry evolved over centuries of wear and tear. The replicas we create from genuine 17th century panels bear all the unevenness and character peculiar to ancient oakwork, and our hand-stained and aged finishes complete the picture.
We offer two principal styles - the Burnsall riven-oak rectangular panelling, most suitable for use within the home and the richer, carved Linenfold, which creates a more formal, club-style atmosphere. A third option is to paint the panels to suit your interior decoration, either with a solid colour or a subtle colour-wash, which allows all the grain, knots and character of the antique original to show through.
We have an extensive range of beams, which avoids the need for repeats - a common complaint with moulded products. Customers will have an almost unlimited choice of finishes with our hand staining - allowing their specific requirements to be accommodated.
Being light in weight, our beams require no structural work and their ease of fitting encourages DIY enthusiasts to tackle the job themselves. Those preferring to find a tradesman to do the fitting, can be reassured the task will be well within their capabilities.
A great bonus of having been in business since 1969 is that we have been able to assess the effectiveness of our exterior products in different settings over a long period.
Some good examples of our exterior uses over the years have included pub signage, shop front decoration, plant tubs (subsequently filled with wet soil) and increasingly the replacement of rotten softwood planking in the refurbishment of mock tudor buildings and other timber frame homes.
After much demand, we developed our Great Beam to clad large RSJs. Moulded from a 300 year old original oak beam weighing in at around 750kg, it is a beautiful replica that does the job perfectly.
The Great Beam is available in 3 standard lengths as well as bespoke sizes. Unlike the original, it only weighs 25kg in its full 6.3m length, is extremely straight forward to fix and is unaffected by central heating (it will not crack or dry out.)
We also provide a Cladding Plank where the RSJ is too large to fit inside The Great Beam and this gives a less rustic appearance.
Similar to this chamfered version, we also provide a beaded design which offers a more formal style.
We have a vast range of embellishments to complement our panelling and beams. They often provide the finishing touch to a room's decoration - from friezes, cornices, pilasters and capitals to skirting and architrave.
Other embellishments include columns, corbels, pillars, sconces, bosses, plate racks, mantel shelving, fire surrounds, gilt filet and applique mouldings, faux book spines and traditional gilded mirrors.