Blocks for making herringbone patterns are available as ex-stock
ready manufactured products in several 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
Single Medium Dimension Herringbone
Herringbone is perhaps the most traditional pattern in the UK. In
France the call it 'Parquet des Anglais'. Though it is not uncommon
it need not look commonplace. There are batten sizes available from
as small as 100mm x 30mm to almost as large as you like. The pattern
can be made in almost any timber. There are double and triple herringbone
patterns. The pattern relies upon the light reflecting off the alternate
rows at different angles, thus presenting the rows as alternately
light and dark.
To the right is a photograph of a new oak herringbone floor. These
battens are 350mm x 70mm. they are made of French Oak cut 'quatier
faux quatier' - quarter sawn and near quarter sawn.
This is a detail of the simple border around this floor. Many more
styles of borders may be used to enhance a simple or complex design,
This border is in American Black Walnut, juglans negra.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.
The rows of blocks alternate, light and dark. This effect is the
result of the light being reflected at differing intensities according
to the direction of the run of the grain in each row. Once, David
was called by a customer who complained that the craftsmen had sorted
all the blocks out into alternate rows of light and dark timber.
It took a considerable amount of persuasion and demonstration for
her to accept that this was the natural and desired effect of laying
in herringbone pattern and that the blocks are not sorted into light
and dark shades for each row. She remained sceptical and suspicious
that she had been conned by a smooth talking liar!
This is a detail of a border set around a new fireplace opening. The
lines of the mitres do not run directly to the skirting corners because
a false wall is to be built to enable the accommodation of a plasma
screen, sound systems and cabling. In fact the border had to remade
because the joinery company which provided the setting out made a
mistake and failed to allow enough space for the repositioning of
the marble hearth.