Bringing New Life to Reclaimed Scottish Timber
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Craobh Woodwork Ltd. is tucked away in the highlands of Scotland in the small village of Culbokie. Craobh (pronounced kroov) is Gaelic for branch or tree. Founder and artisan Bruce Neill specializes in bespoke timber products from the highest quality, locally sourced reclaimed hardwoods. Bruce has added a modern twist to his creations—epoxy from Entropy Resins. “I’d seen that epoxy worked really well with timber, especially with all the different pigments available, and I wanted to work with it on our pieces,” says Bruce.
“I use Entropy Resins CCR Clear Casting Epoxy. It enables me to craft specific items, such as river tables, as well as filling holes in rotten timber stabilizing it, or revitalizing timber coming to the end of its life, giving it a new lease of life.” —Bruce Neill, Craobh Woodwork
Having looked at numerous epoxies, Bruce found out about Entropy Resins while visiting his supplier, Gael Force Marine. “It is so versatile and the fact that it’s biobased was a real positive for me as all my products are created from natural resources reclaimed in an environmentally sound way—it is a great fit. I use Entropy Resins CCR clear casting epoxy. It enables me to craft specific items, such as river tables, as well as filling holes in rotten timber stabilizing it, or revitalizing timber coming to the end of its life, giving it a new lease of life.”
Adding colored castings to his pieces has been a big bonus, augmenting and showcasing the natural beauty of the wood. “I’ve been experimenting with various pigments in powder and liquid forms to produce different colors,” says Bruce. “I’ve been using Entropy Resins Vivid and Soft Colour Tints.* These bring out the hues in the wood as well as adding vibrancy to a piece.”
Originally based in Inverness, Craobh Woodwork relocated to the Black Isle in 2019 to a larger facility which allowed Bruce to increase his range of unique pieces. These include river tables, beds, desks, and more. Bruce’s brother Gordon Neill recently joined the Craobh team, bringing his vast steel fabrication skills for a great combination of wood and steel in their product designs.
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The unique products that Bruce Neill creates honor reclaimed Scottish timber as a natural and ancient resource. If you’re looking for a slice of the Scottish Highlands to add to your home, look no further than Craobh Woodwork. They’re always open to making custom pieces. To learn more about Craohbh Woodwork, visit https://www.craobhwoodwork.co.uk/
*Entropy Vivid and Soft Colour Tints are currently available only in Europe, but a similar line of colorants will soon be available to Entropy customers in the US.
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