The West Bros. tradition has always been to bring each unique design
into a solid 3-dimensional reality - consistently producing one of the
highest quality products in the world. We believe that by educating
consumers about distinct characteristics of solid hardwood the better
they will appreciate and enjoy the unmistakable warmth and distinction
that it brings to their décor.
A Living Material
Unlike non-living material such as steel or plastic, our
hardwoods –such as cherry, ash and maple are very much alive when they
arrive at the West Bros. factory. Every piece of wood tells us its life
story through its grain. Changes in climate, or exposure to water,
animals & weather creates a uniqueness and character in each piece.
The selection process begins early and continues throughout the
manufacturing process. Our skilled craftsmen carefully match the wood
for the colour, pattern and variation that will become the finished
piece and bear the renowned West Bros.’ name.
One of the natural features of owning solid wood furniture is the
appreciation that all wood changes and develops grain colour over a
period of time. As the years pass, your appreciation for solid wood
furniture will grow as each piece continues to tell a story about its
life - always maintaining its strength and beauty. When our customers
invest in West Bros. furniture, they are investing in quality,
meticulous craftsmanship and unmistakable beauty for generations.
A Controlled Environment
Each type of wood has its own inherent characteristics which
are strongly affected
by various factors such as temperature and humidity changes.
From the raw wood state, as much as one-third of the total lumber
moisture. That is why it takes great skill and expertise during the
to ensure the very best final product.
If extra time is not taken when the wood first arrives to control
moisture levels the wood may shrink, expand, split or even change shape.
In fact, these effects occur in many unpredictable directions to various
degrees depending on where each piece of wood was cut from the tree,
requiring careful consideration before each piece enters production.
Fortunately, our commitment to quality and consistency stands firm from
the outset of the manufacturing process. We continue lead the industry
by taking the extra strides necessary in reducing the problems which can
occur when working with solid wood. This commitment to quality and
dedication to our craft is another reason why West Bros. is one of the
finest furniture makers, and why our products are renowned around the
Virtues of Solid Wood
If you were to rip a piece of paper (which happens to be
a product of wood) and hold the torn
edge up to the light, you will see small hair-like fibers standing all
along that edge. Each one of
these visible fibers is actually a cell of wood. Under a microscope
these cells would resemble a
bundle of soda straws with the ends cut at an angle. In a tree, these
cells line up end to end,
allowing fluids to run up and down the tree.
The natural expansion and contraction of solid wood happens continuously
throughout the life of the wood, and occurs regardless of the age of
piece of furniture. However the solid wood boards used for furniture
still maintain this cellular structure, unlike the ‘dead’ materials such
as pressboard, laminates, metal or plastic.
If each cell (or straw in our example) were full of moisture they would
get plumper with more moisture, and get thinner as they lost moisture.
However, with the gain and loss of moisture, the cells never become
longer. In other words, wood expands and contracts across
the grain, never along the grain. The tendency of many
manufacturers is to compromise the quality and/or type of the wood,
rather than understand how to control these characteristics and maintain
the quality, beauty and durability of solid wood furniture. West Bros
uses a technique called floating panel construction to address these