About Bridger & Buss
Custom Furniture Design From Devon
Bridger & Buss combines high-quality furniture design and cabinet making skills with the ability to produce high-quality joinery installations.
Our workshop can be found nestled in the heart of rural Devon, where each piece of furniture is carefully handmade by our dedicated team of skilled craftsmen and women.
Our debut range ‘Aller’ stemmed from the collaboration between Parnham graduates David Buss, Andrea Stemmer and Sarah Kay. Epitomising the values of Bridger & Buss, International designers Kay+Stemmer classically combined simplicity and elegance to produce a range of furniture that will add style to all environments.
Bridger & Buss are proud to be a small company making high-quality British Made goods, that demonstrate our belief in the heritage of British Craftsmanship.
Sustainability has always been a core concern of ours. We try to avoid tropical hardwoods, and the timbers we use we endeavour to source locally, some of our timber coming from only 3 miles away. If we have to use imported timber then it mainly comes from Europe or the northern hemisphere. All imported timber is FSC Certified.
We make a strong effort to reduce the product miles our furniture will travel and promote the idea of Made in Britain.
Most of our Oak is from France, as a result of also wanting to the source the best in quality. The French Oak is of a far better grade enabling us to not only minimise waste, it also allows us to create furniture to the highest of quality. As a result, our furniture has a lasting value that will be passed on to future generations.
A large wood burner is used to heat our workshop and our total heating needs are met by burning the waste products we produce throughout the year. Any waste chips we cannot burn are used as animal bedding, which is then returned to the land as fertiliser, minimising our landfill to almost zero.
Trees and Timber
Fraxinus excelsior, English name Ash or European Ash is a species of flowering plants in the olive family, Oleaceae.
Ash is native in mainland Europe and is a large deciduous tree growing to 12-18 m tall with a trunk up to 2m in diameter. The bark is smooth and grey in colour. In recent years Ash trees have been affectted by Ash dieback.
The heart wood is a light to medium brown colour. The grain is usually straight and regular and has a medium to coarse texture. Ash produces good results with both hand and machine tools and can also be steam bent. It stains and finishes well.
Fagus sylvatica, English name Beech is a deciduous tree in the Fagaceae family.
It is native in Europe, Asia and North America. Beech trees grow to 30 -40 m tall with a trunk diameter of 1-1.5 m. The bark is smooth and light grey in colour. The wood is typically straight grained, with a fine, even texture but this can differ depending on where it is grown. The Sap and heartwood are both pale brown in colour when freshly sawn but soon change to a reddish brown when exposed to the air. Beech works fairly well and produces a good smooth finish. It can be stained and is excellent for steam bending.
Castanea sativa, English name Sweet Chestnut is a deciduous tree, a species of flowering plant in the Fagaceae family.
The Sweet Chestnut is a native of Europe. It is long lived and can reach a height of 20 -35m with a diameter of 2m. It has edible fruits. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish brown colour and is not easily distinguished from the white sapwood. It has a fine even texture which doesnt break easily when carved.
Quercus robur, English name oak or European oak is of the beech family, Fagaceae and is deciduous.
It grows in central Europe and can reach a height of 30m in the right growing conditions.
The sapwood is lighter in colour to the yellowish brown heart wood. The density of the wood depends on its rate of growth but it is generally strong and durable. It has very pleasing grain markings, particularly when quatersawn. Oak works well and can be stained, polished or have a waxed finish applied.
Juglans nigra, English name Black Walnut or American Black Walnut. It is an important commercial dediduous tree in the walnut family Juglandaceae. It grows in North America.
Black Walnut trees can live for 130 years and grow to a height of 30- 40m. Its bark is a grey black colour and is deeply furrowed. The sap wood is a paler colour than the rich dark brown to purply black heartwood. It is usually straight grained and is a heavy, strong and shock resistant timber yet is easily split and worked. It produces a high quality finish.
“Thank you very much for our new beech wood dining table. What a beautiful table! It fits so well in our new house. Thanks again.” Sebastian (11th September 2018)
Bridger and Buss are an efficiently run joinery and bespoke furniture company. They are based in Crediton and have a large workshop with modern equipment. Our order was delivered before we expected it and was made to the exact size we wanted.
David created a bespoke office desk for my wife. We’d seen a lot of desks e.g. John Lewis which just didn’t fit the bill, what we have now is just right and at a price comparable to purchasing the same quality on the high street. We’ll be asking them to make a bookcase to match in due course.
“Thank you so much for delivering the shelving unit yesterday which looks wonderful” 28th Feb 2019
David arrived in good time and the furniture is now in situ and we are absolutely delighted.