At Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture we make dining tables for every day use,
tables that suit the modern lifestyle.
Tables that can be used and enjoyed by a family without the fear of very
obvious little marks and scratches getting on it from just normal use.
This very practical aspect of our dining tables stems from two things, one
is our unique 100% natural oil and wax finish and the other is the fact
that we specialise in the use of dense Australian hardwood timbers. Our
oiled and waxed finish is totally non coated finish. When you sit at one of
our dining tables and wipe your hand over the surface you'll be in contact
with timber, just pure natural timber, not a 'plastic' coating.
Lets face it a dining table is usually the focal point of any home, it's
where people sit to have meals, cups of tea or coffee and of course other
beverages. Young kids like to do their homework on the dining table, create
their school projects on it, the family dining table should be able to have
a multitude of uses.
But with most tables on offer in furniture shops today it's a case of
treating it with kid gloves, trying your hardest to avoid the inevitable, a
little scratch here, a small dent there and before you know it it's
starting to look a bit knocked around.
And on the websites of some local furniture manufacturers you can read
about all the things you can't do, there's a list a mile long, now I ask
you, what good is that really ?
I hear some people say to us, " Oh I really love your dining tables but
we're going wait until the kids grow up a bit more" For heavens sake, these
people are completely missing the point, buy it now let
the kids use it, own a nice dining table now and enjoy it forever and then
lets the kids fight over it when you're gone.
The look of our tables actually improve with age and use, they will develop
a beautiful 'worn aesthetic' over time. This can only be achieved by having
a non coated finish and by maintaining the surface with an occasional
application of wax.
Your dining table will accumulate a 'history' that is unique to your
family and this beautiful aged appearance will be considered priceless.
This approach to the way we finish our dining tables and the subsequent
long term use a dining tables receives marries in very nicely with a
beautiful centuries old Japanese ideology called Wabi
"Wabi Sabi values character and uniqueness over a shiny facade"
Wabi Sabi means - "There's beauty to imperfection"
"When something becomes too polished it loses it's soul"
We use real Australian wood salvaged from dead trees on
farms to make our furniture or recycled wood from old buildings and we
leave the 'poetry' in what we make, how else would we finish it, cover it
in plastic ? I think not.