For sourcing lumber, Corbin has developed relationships with local mills and distributors for domestic growth hardwoods. When necessary for larger selections and more specialized woods he will also source from other regional mills and distributors in surrounding areas like Pennsylvania, New York, and even Canada.
Working in both solid wood as well as high quality veneer work, lumber is selected for color, stability, grain figure, and strength. Corbin looks for individual material characteristics by examining the grain patterns, knots, holes and other natural imperfections and highlights that elaborate on a tree's unique history and future potential.
Grounded in functionalism, Corbin’s designs embrace the raw elements of the wood. Each piece is designed to provide a highly practical product that highlights the natural aesthetics of the materials. Designs often include the use of exposed joinery, larger slabs, live edges, book matched wood, and grain matched veneers.
Beginning with rough sketches, ideas are taken into computer CAD designs to refine concepts, proportions, and scale. After a process of rigorous refinement, these concept pieces end in a final rendering that can be taken into the shop where the building process begins. Corbin enjoys the process of working with clients on custom pieces to design a product that fits the tastes and needs of the client and their environment.
Each piece is crafted using traditional hand tool processes complemented by modern machining techniques. Beginning with the raw lumber, we rough mill wood in order to allow a subtle relief of tension built up from the wood drying process. Following a settling period, we mill the necessary wood for the project down to size and make secondary cuts down to project dimensions.
Pieces are crafted in stages using traditional joinery techniques, all while consistently checking fit and structural integrity. If dry assembly is to satisfaction, the final assembly takes place with permanent joinery. The build process is finished with shaping of the final design as needed.
Finishing is a mix of hand planing, card scraping, and sanding to prepare the final surface for a protective finish. Depending on the level of protection needed, finishing products range from natural oils and waxes to polyurethanes, varnishes, or resins. Hand-rubbed finishes like linseed and tung oils, shellac, and natural waxes are the preferred final finish. Oil and wax finishes uniquely highlight the wood's grain patterns while providing a much more breathable finish for wood.
With strong joinery practices and hand rubbed oil finishes, the result is an object crafted to be a future heirloom.