Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wood Sinks

I've been in Texas - business & pleasure. The fun part was a recent visit to Fredericksburg and of course, design stores in Dallas. I thought I'd be able to blog while on travel but it hasn't worked out! So here's a very old post when about 22 people read my blog - hope you haven't seen it. Or if you have seen it, thanks for reading my blog all this time!


Aura walnut sink. I absolutely love this dark wood sink.

Aura wood sink

Aura walnut integrated basin

Aura butternut sink

Aura sink

William Garvey teak sink

William Garvey integrated sink

William Garvey sink

Aura, a Canadian firm, was the first company I came across that crafts custom wood sinks. As noted on Aura's site, "AURA custom wood sinks are made from solid wood and can be crafted in virtually any size, shape or design, from a wide range of wood species. All the sinks are sealed in a clear protective finish to preserve the wood's natural beauty. This hard protective finish creates an impenetrable barrier which prevents water and moisture from penetrating the sink."
The English bespoke furniture maker, William Garvey, also makes wood sinks. As noted on their web site, "The Garvey company made their first sink in 1978, for a local client who wanted to transform the chore of washing up into a pleasure. In the early days the sinks and baths were made from natural teak with no additional finishing. Teak is chosen because of its natural waterproofing properties – it has been used for hundreds of years in the marine industry for this reason – teak also has natural antiseptic properties, which is a bonus for its use in baths and sinks. Now their sinks are virtually maintenance-free as their TeakSeal™ finish is incorporated into the teak itself providing a tough, easy-to-clean product that will stand the test of time. Their first sink is still in use to this day, and the owners love it so much that they took it with them when they moved."

Back to regular posting July 23rd. Hope you're having a great summer!


Also - if you happen to be in the Washington DC area, The Kellogg Collection is having a huge sale from July 16 - 26th, click here for locations.

19 comments:

Michelle said...

Welcome back! These are really nice, and appeal especially to the nature girl in me.

Best,
Michelle

pve design said...

I would love to have a wooden sink!
pve

Blushing hostess said...

I love them, I am just not sold on their longevity... yet.

Hill Country House Girl said...

The wooden sinks are great but what I REALLY want to know is how was Fredericksburg? Did you have fun? I used to live in Dallas, too, and we didn't even talk about that! Hope you took lots of pictures and plan to post about all you saw! We won't be back in Fred until next week and I am loving Boston!

Cheri Peoples said...

Amazing-wood sinks. I just wonder how long they would last. I would love to have you stop by my blog.
Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Well...YUM...and yes please.

22...HA! I can't imagine you have ever had just 22!

Terry said...

I didn't they had wooden sinks. My brain can't process it yet. Thanks for showing us. I don't know about this "an impenetrable barrier" stuff.

mb said...

I love, love, love wooden sinks.
I love the Kellogg Collection too. When I lived in DC, I worked there for a few years. They always have well edited things. I still own pairs of lamps and chests of drawers purchased while working there.

What fun to be in Fredricksburg, Texas. We used to go there all the time when we lived in Austin for four years... before moving to Dallas.

Laura [What I Like] said...

I have long been a fan of wood in the bathroom, particularly after a trip to Brazil where I found lots of shower shelves, counter, etc. made of gorgeous tropical woods. Never even conceived of a wooden sink though, but has now become my new obsession!

The Matters of Style Girls said...

OOh, thanks for the heads up about the Kellogg Collection! I live about 2 blocks from there in DC but don't go enough. They have such fab stuff. Love those sinks too!

Daly Essentials said...

I love them as a way to add new texture and pattern to a bath!

Vastu said...

Love these! Really enjoy when the outside can be brought inside in an interesting and modern way. Great post.

Tricia Mitchell said...

These are amazing! No matter how impenetrable to water and moisture they may be, it would take a certain amount of courage to take this plunge. I'd like to think that I could have that courage if I were so lucky to be in that position.

Tricia - Avolli

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I have been toying with the idea of wood sinks (bamboo) for our master bath remodel recently. I love all your examples. Welcome back tomorrow. Hope your travels were great?
Deb

maison21 said...

love -especially the ones that look to be scooped out of the countertop. the vessel sinks, i'm not a fan of in any material- they just seem to collect mess around the edges, and require that much more maintenance.

and thanks for the repeat post- i've never seen it, so it was new to me! and double thanks, as i've have thought of doing the same, and running stuff from way back when my sister and best friend were my only two readers- glad to know i'm not the only one thinking of "cheating" a bit!

maureen said...

i hope you enjoyed ur Texas trip & loved our very own wine country. These sinks are definitely refreshing, I just love the clean lines!

Grant K. Gibson said...

I love wooden sinks.
It is SO hard to get a client to do one.
They do hold up well- you need to keep them dry after use and oil them as well.

info said...

there are also some wash basins from STOLIS. http://www.stolis.at

On that wooden sink you can choose between oil and vanish surface treatment.

Best,
Daniel

Vinisha said...

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!


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