Tinkebu x Tom Raffield

Wood underpins just about everything we do at Tinkebu.

Why wood? It lasts, it’s tactile, it’s natural and it’s a beautiful material to work with. But rather than using virgin wood, we like working with wood that’s reclaimed. It might have already had a life but is no longer fit for purpose, or has a natural defect which limits its use. 

When we started the business this meant going to extra effort to find our main material - scouring reclamation yards, inviting donations from construction project off-cuts and waste from local college woodworking departments.

This also created a significant challenge for us - a lack of consistent, standardised wood to turn into our products in a repeatable manner. However, equally it resulted in quirks, uniqueness, character and ‘perfectly imperfect’ products. We favoured all of these characteristics and began to hear from our customers that they liked it to.

In 2018, through some luck, connections and Cornish good-will we were introduced to Tom Raffield a lighting and furniture brand based in Cornwall. With sustainability a key element in everything they do, there was a natural synergy and we are now proud to be recycling their offcuts and waste wood.

The supply of the waste wood from sources like this highlights our intention to build a business which rather than ‘takes, makes and disposes’ thinks cleverly about all of the resources we use and the impact our business has on the environment.

Images below show some of Tom Raffield’s incredible products and some examples of the creations we make using their off-cuts.

Specialising in steam bending lighting and furniture, here at Tom Raffield we sometimes have wooden offcuts. Since working with Tinkebu, our workshop team have introduced a designated collection of solid FSC rated oak and ash offcuts that, in turn, get made into handcrafted, contemporary toys. It’s a brilliant way for us to recycle our wood. It’s also incredibly rewarding to support another local craftsman and watch creative, innovative designs come to life.
— Tom Raffield