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Awarded; The Worshipful Company of Carpenters Special Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Restoration, Re-Creation, New Design and Quality of Craftsmanship at Windsor Castle. Awarded; The Worshipful Company of Carpenters Special Award in Recognition of Outstanding Quality of Craftsmanship at College Road. 40 or more pages of Parquet, Marquetry, Boards, Blocks, Strips, Designs and Information for those looking for the very finest in hardwood flooring created with love by hand by traditional craftsmen.

Internationally, David Gunton supplies unsurpassed European quality in hardwood flooring, beautifully exhibited by elegant design, punctiliously fitted by skilled craftsmen. For nothing but the best in parquet flooring, marquetry flooring and boards, especially wide boards, in oak, elm, ash, maple, beech, walnut, lacewood, cherry, and many other woods - surf our web pages.
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read more › David Gunton designed this floor for a circular floor at a new multi award winning house in College Road, Dulwich. Rob Gunton made it, fitted it, finished it and earned the company yet another award; Winner 2010: The Worshipful Company of Carpenters Special Award in Recognition of Outstanding Craftsmanship at College Road. It could have been finished with a variety of finishes that would, according to choice and their properties have deepened the colours or softened them. The apparently random arrangement is not at all random.

read more › David Gunton designed this floor for a music room in a private home in Cheshire. The room is an extension to the main house. The idea behind it is that, as a stranger approaches the room through a short corridor, attention is drawn to the huge decorative medallion, distracting attention from the main attraction, a concert hall sized organ! As you approach the room through the short corridor your attention is drawn to the unusual sight of the huge parquet medallion. The medallion is 3 metres across.

read more › David Gunton designed this floor and two others for bedrooms in a superior apartment overlooking Regents Park in London. This is such a beautiful floor. The photograph does not do it justice. The real thing glistens, catches the light and reflects it back at you as you move around the room. This photograph is of a floor after sanding but before application of finish. This pale appearance can be retained by the application of a water based lacquer with ultra-violet screening and anti-oxidant properties.

read more › David Gunton designed this floor for a quarter round 'turret' styled room which, initially is serving as the childrens toy store, as they grow older, will eventually become a library. The curved shape of this tiny room and the curved cabinet work demanded that the floor somewhow reflect and complement the room whilst working with the very wide oak boards in the adjoining family room. This is a detail of the floor. You cannot see the 'rumpled' surface created by the hand working of the floor, but the surface is slightly uneven, with all the joints having rolled edges gently segueing one piece into the next so that the whole floor has a wonderful texture underfoot of being very smooth but not entirely flat.

read more › This small range of Oak Panelling and cupboard were created from an ancient section of cupboard fitted into the reveal on the right in 15th C stone built house in Derbyshire. The client required the new oak be blended in colour to match the old. The old oak cupboard had been dip stripped in caustic soda to remove paint. The caustic reacted with the oak to produce the grey-brown colour you see. The old oak was prinicipally quarter sawn. The new oak was principally flat sawn. So, it was a little like taking a garment partly made of silk and partly of wool and trying to dye them so that there was no difference in apperance.

read more › Herringbone is perhaps the most traditional pattern in the UK. You can see many patterns by going to our pages of Parquet Panel Designs, which may be executed in a single timber or in mildly or strongly contrasting timbers. Herringbone battens are square ended. Chevron battens are cut at an angle between 30 and 45 degrees. Herringbone is called 'fischgraat' in northern Europe and 'parquet d'anglais' in France. Chevron, which we think of as a French pattern is there called 'pointe de Hongrie', which suggests the French pinched the idea from the Hungarians, who probably pinched it from the Persians, who invented everything.

read more › David Gunton supplies oak parquet, marquetry and boards, even wideboards, in Quarter Sawn Oak. This is oak which has been sawn with the saw blade lined in parallel with the medullary rays. These are seen as fine pale coloured lines radiating from the centre of the circle of the cut log to the outside. They show on the face of the oak as pale coloured, even silvery, 'squiggles'. These rows of medullary cells bind the annual rings together. As a result, quarter sawn oak is much more dimensionally stable than flat sawn or tangentially sawn oak.

read more › Basketweave should be more widely used than it is. Simple in design, it is an extremely elegant and well mannered parquet floor, which presents a fine backdrop for your rugs, furniture and decorations without competing for attention. It is a particularly attractive and useful pattern in rooms of irregular shape, as a pattern which can be continued easily into small spaces such as landings and in spaces where a pattern with a strong directional image is not wanted. The proportions of the design adapt well to rooms on the grand scale of large country houses as well as to modest cottages.

read more › The following pages show a host of parquet designs from the simplest to some quite elaborate. Most parquet designs are executed with a background of oak decorated with other coloured timbers. You do not need to be hidebound by tradition. The background can be in any timber. The designs are merely representations of a palette of ideas. They can be altered to suityou in any way you choose. Patterns can be combined, one with another, or several together. The panels and borders are especially manufactured to sizes that suit the room and the style of the design.

read more › Blocks for making herringbone patterns are available as ex-stock ready manufactured products in most qualities of Oak and also in Ash, Beech, Iroko, Maple, Merbau and Zimbabwe Teak. We are not yet showing photographs of laid areas in every species. Wenge, chiefly from Zaire, is frequently used for a near black contrast timber. The border 'frames' the floor nicely and can be used to reduce the visual impact of the many minor interruptions in the line of a wall such as support pillars, built in furniture and radiator casings.

read more › The following pages show some of the myriad of parquet designs from the simplest to some quite elaborate. The panels and borders are especially manufactured to sizes that suit the room and the style of the design. These are not stock 'off the shelf' goods. This Gothic room is beautifully complimented by the same floor as above, but with some elaboration of the border panels. Complexity in parquet panel designs is not everything. This lovely floor is at Sutton Place, near Guildford. It is photographed unfinished - we have yet to get back to take a picture of the finished room - but clearly shows the lovely contrast between the natural oak and the natural brown oak.

read more › This design is made up of natural oak with ash grid and two line borders in zebrano and wenge detail lines. The panels appear to be square but are, in fact, trapezoid. 10mm over 12mm ply bonded to concrete. This is also pattern 1406. With the jarrah borders it provides a subtle but luxurious flooring for this health suite corridor. 10mm over 12mm ply fixed to screed. This floor is deceptive. It looks simple and relatively inexpensive, belieing its true nature. The timbers in the field are costly satinwood with the detail grid in a South American Rosewood.

read more › Basketweave is a lovely simple pattern which adds a non-directional elegant background to modern and traditional styles. This one is made in African sipo mahogany. The image of the floor can be varied by shrinking or increasing the dimensions of the elements. Here, in American Black Walnut. Also known as 'pointe de Hongrie'. Yet another lovely simple pattern. We think of it as originating in France. The French think of it as originating in Hungary. In Hungary they probably think of it as originating in the Middle East where they were ahead of the West millenia ago in terms of design.

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