Sorting through wood types and colours
In addition to being the ideas man, Ole also makes the trip to the warehouse and hand-picks the individual pieces of wood that will constitute a drawer. Maple, oak and walnut are the preferred materials.
“Most wood types are from Europe, while the walnut is simply most attractive and of better quality when it comes from the US. We can’t get the quality we would like in Europe,” remarks Ole. All the solid maple and oak wood comes from European forests and is cut up at a small, family-run sawmill in Austria.
In order for the maple wood to obtain the lightest colour and most uniform structure, it’s only harvested a few weeks of the year, after a lengthy period of frost.
“Historically maple has been the preferred material for kitchen drawers, because it’s one of the few wood types that doesn’t impart a taste to the food stored in the drawers. In the old days oak drawers could often smell a little musty, but that’s no longer a problem as we varnish them now,” he goes on.