"These arabic timber carvings have been a fascinating project to complete with challenges to overcome at every stage of the process, however it is the kind of thing that Haldane is set up perfectly to deliver"

Haldane UK has produced twenty individual carvings each with its own Arabic writing in European Walnut for a major client in the South of England.

The panels were produced using Haldane’s market-leading CNC machines which deliver the ultimate in precision in quality, however, the project was not without its challenges.

Each carving required to be individually programmed by Haldane’s team of experienced programmers working from CAD drawings supplied by the project’s design team.

With the timber specified as European Walnut, which tends only to be available in relatively smaller lengths and widths and waney edged, Haldane’s production team were required to rip the timber and laminate together to create panels at the required size and thickness.

Haldane UK’s Managing Director, Forrester Adam, explained “European Walnut looks exceptional when it is finished however as the timber comes from fruit trees, they tend to be smaller and more bowed than other timbers which mean that we encountered a relatively high degree of wastage.”

And whilst each panel was machined on the CNC machines, every panel was hand-finished by one of Haldane UK’s master craftsmen using traditional hand carving techniques to ensure a perfect finish.

Forrester continued, “We ran a number of tests at the initial stages of production and whilst the machines were coping well with the intricacy of the carving, we felt that there were some areas that could cause issues and the hand finishing was the most effective method of delivering the level of quality Haldane is renowned for.”

He concluded, “This has been a fascinating project to complete with challenges to overcome at every stage of the process, however, it is the kind of thing that Haldane is set up perfectly to deliver.”

  • Solution: Wood Machining
  • Timber: European Walnut
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