Exercise 3.2 Materiality
Oak – durable and beautiful wood. It refers to local area. There are English oaks growing in local woods. According to Woodland Trust English Oak is ‘the 2nd most common tree variety in the UK and a national symbol of strength.’ I would like to use this traditional material as a nod to the local aging community, who will hopefully appreciate its nobility. The wood can be used for outside projects, and it will be very durable if it is properly treated. I would like to treat the oak frame with a clear, UV protecting oil that will show of the natural colour and pattern of the wood. I presume I will have to choose fresh sawn oak (also called ‘green). It will need to be weathered for 6 weeks before applying oil. I would like my structure to be sustainable and durable so the treatment will need to be repeated periodically.
I found a local supplier called Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill (http://www.surrey-oak.com/) who supply the wood and bespoke curved braces to curve the timber to project specifications. Their products are sustainably and locally sourced. They even supplied wood to film sets.
Stainless steel – an alloy composing of chromium and other metals. Chromium reacts with oxygen creating a protective film. Stainless steel is strong, low maintenance, corrosion resistant, sustainable, recyclable (does not deteriorate through recycling), aesthetic and functional. I chose it for its appearance and suitability for an outdoor project.
The wires are simply surface mounts and balustrade wires. They are made to measure and supplied by S3i Group (located in the UK). The ball and socket design allows up to 42 degrees angle.
The components I used – wood and metal wire are a high-end nod to farm fencing. It has a loose connection with horses on Epsom Downs and the fact the local area used to be a farmland not so long ago. The warmth of natural oak should provide comfort for users and the wires add interest without spoiling the view.
List of illustrations:
Fig. 1 Honeysuckle Bottom Oak (2021) Shaped or Curved Beams. [Photograph] At: http://www.surrey-oak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/curved-oak-beam2-400×400.jpg (Accessed 23/03/2021)
Fig. 2 S3i Group (2021) Surface Mount Balustrade Wire. [Photograph] At: https://www.s3i.co.uk/image/s3i/B&Sassembly-with-text-and-diagram.jpg (Accesses 28/03/2021)
Fig. 3 S3i Group (2021) Balustrade wire passing through an intermediate post. [Photograph] At: https://www.s3i.co.uk/image/s3i/runningthrough2.jpg (Accessed 28/03/2021)
Honeysuckle Bottom Oak (2021) Welcome to Honeysuckle Bottom Oak. At: Oak Sawmill in Surrey » www.surrey-oak.com (surrey-oak.com) (Accessed 23/03/2021)
S3i Group (2021) Self Assembly Wire Balustrade Kits, Tube Mount. At: Balustrade Wire Kits | Tubular Mount | S3i Group (Accessed 28/03/2021)
S3i Group (2021) Stainless Steel Surface Mount Balustrade Wire. At: Surface Mount Balustrade Wire, Made To Measure | S3i Group (Accessed 28/03/2021)
Tyssenkrup (2021) Properties of stainless steel. At: Properties of Stainless Steel & Applications – thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) (thyssenkrupp-materials.co.uk) (Accessed 28/03/2021)
Wood Finishes Direct (2021) Osmo UV Protection Oil Extra At: Osmo UV Protection Oil Extra | Exterior Wood Protection (wood-finishes-direct.com)
Woodland Trust (2021) Oak, English. At: English Oak (Quercus robur) – British Trees – Woodland Trust (Accessed 23/03/2021)