THE WONDER OF WOOD

AN AUTHENTIC MATERIAL

RAW, PURE AND AUTHENTIC

WOOD

Sempre’s products are handmade with reclaimed wood and
manufactured using ancient methods. The solid wood used
for our products can be up to 300 years old. Purchasing a
wooden piece means accepting a crack or gap, an irregular
surface or wood structure, and the fact that the material
lives. As a natural result of external influences, each piece will
age differently and develop its unique character over time.
When left outdoors the wood gradually changes color due to
sunshine and rain and will develop a marvelous “weathered”
patina.

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TYPES

We start with the basics: the raw material. For this, we choose from six types of wood. Each type has its characteristics and properties that define it.

Reclaimed oak original

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This oak wood served for years and now gets a new life in one of our products. The original wood is brushed clean from dirt and grime and the nails are pulled out.

reclaimed oak

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The reclaimed oak beams are cut in half to show the beauty of the aging process. You’ll see the clean wood inside. We retexturize it to your wishes. The wood looks a bit less yellow compared with new cut oak.

RECLAIMED
TEAK ORIGINAL

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This wood has a whole life behind it. It is reused from dismantled boats and cabins. Extremely suitable for statement items full of charisma!

Reclaimed teak

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Teak’s high oil content, high tensile strength, and tight grain make it particularly suitable for desired weather resistance. This recycled material is brushed and will contain repairs where holes are replaced.

suar

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Bare wood is one of the strongest woods on earth. It is very dark by nature and so heavy that it even sinks in water.

riga

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Bare wood is one of the strongest woods on earth. It is very dark by nature and so heavy that it even sinks in water.

AGED OAK
original

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Sourced from responsible forestry. The oak beams are then dried out in the sunny country side of Portugal for over 20 years. We will leave the outer part of the beams in tact as much as possible and show the beauty of the aging process.

aged oak

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Oak is known for its quality because it is a strong and rigid material. The aged version has had to endure several challenges, such as harsh weather, to reveal its rough side.

Reclaimed bare

-TO

This wood has a whole life behind it. It is reused from dismantled boats and cabins. Extremely suitable for statement items full of charisma!

RAILWAY bare

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This wood originally functioned as train sleepers, but today the teak wood is used for unique objects with a story.

kivits

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Bare wood is one of the strongest woods on earth. It is very dark by nature and so heavy that it even sinks in water.

railway teak

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Bare wood is one of the strongest woods on earth. It is very dark by nature and so heavy that it even sinks in water.

textures

Once the type of wood has been determined, it’s time for the next step: choosing the right texture. There are sixteen exceptional textures to pick from, ranging from hand-sculpted by our master carpenters to machine-carved. They can be applied to any type of wood!

NATURAL

A subtle rustic treatment
obtained by extra brushing is our standard texture.

CHAINSAW CUT

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Our classic Chainsaw Cut technique. If you want to go for a very subtle finish. This is the way to go!

TIRÉ

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A torn look, created by a special technique developed by our crafstmen in Indonesia.

SCULPTED

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The original Sculpted technique we designed and perfected over the years.

CHISEL

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A new take on our classic Sculpt texture. Ideal when the classic Sculpt isn’t enough for you.

STRIPE

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The straight sculpted lines from our Stripe texture make your custom made furniture feel even taller.

CASCADE

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Our reclaimed wood materials have a story to tell. These stories are beautifully showcased in the Cascading texture. Sculpted with a free hand from top to bottom.

RIPPLE

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The Ripple texture is similar to the vertical Cascade, but has a more soothing look to it. Free flowing and relaxed like the ocean.

CRISS CROSS

-CC

New and dramatic, for those
who like a unique puzzled look made with a special chainsaw technique.

PATRONÉ

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Special Sempre designed pattern, chiseled by hand!

MOTIF

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The Patroné finish just a got bit more crazy.

CADRÉ

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Squared out and made with a special technique we developed during the years

TRAVERSÉ

-TRA

The original chainsaw cut style with a bit more depth added.

PINEA

-RIP

As the name suggests, the Pinea texture has influences from the pineapple. The pattern is inspired by the unique look of the skin of this tropical fruit.

STUD

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The rougher Studded texture gives a unique look to your custom made furniture.

NOTCH

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The Notch is textured with the cut-out pieces. Every cut out piece has its own story.

FINISHES

OAK

As a result of years of exposure to the elements, our oak has acquired a particular appearance and a distinct character featuring authentic grooves, tears, knots and nail holes.
The visible history of these rustic-looking boards immediately recreates the warm atmosphere of their original setting.

AGED

An aged finish maintains the original color of the wood. Teak remains untreated, oak is treated for this finish.

GREY

An aging, weathered effect gives your furniture a rustic atmosphere.

PATINÉ

Patinated furniture gets a darker, warm color.

FUMÉ

A smoked look that blackens the wood, with a grey undertone. Good to know: this effect is more intense with a rough wood texture.

TEAK

Harvested from old, unused structures. Due to teak’s natural decay resistance and durability over eras, this wood has the same quality that freshly-cut teak does.
By using recycled teak wood, we ensure that the world’s forests can recover.

NATURAL

An aged finish maintains the original color of the wood. Teak remains untreated, oak is treated for this finish.

GREY

An aging, weathered effect gives your furniture a rustic atmosphere.

PATINÉ

Patinated furniture gets a darker, warm color.

FUMÉ

A smoked look that blackens the wood, with a grey undertone. Good to know: this effect is more intense with a rough wood texture.

CHARRED

A smoked look that blackens the wood, with a grey undertone. Good to know: this effect is more intense with a rough wood texture.

BARE

Reclaimed telephone poles & railway sleepers are reused to construct new pieces of furniture with a story to tell!

NATURAL

An aging, weathered effect gives your furniture a rustic atmosphere.

FUMÉ​

Patinated furniture gets a darker, warm color.

PROTECTION

We are convinced that the natural aging process should be celebrated. That is why our products are not protected by default. If you do not want your furniture to endure too much, you have a few options to choose from.

NATURAL

No protection

indoor/outdoor use

You can choose not to have
a final protective layer on
your furniture. You embrace
the natural process of wood
and will celebrate each stain.

LIQUID & STAIN PROTECTOR

wood shield protector
WSP1L
indoor/outdoor use

indoor/outdoor useThis spray protects natural wooden surfaces from stains and water damage. Spray the surface until slightly wet, and repeat this every six months.

WAX

Turpentine wax 375 ml
WAX
indoor use

Wax acts as a sacrificial layer that can be easily and inexpensively replaced. Made from natural ingredients, they produce a soft, satin sheen and give the furniture a silky feel.

Origin
After years on the rough seas, a boat is dragged across the beach one last time. Its final journey towards the graveyard of ships, where she will lie to rest until the ends of time. The wood that makes up the boat has stories to tell for ages to come. Reclaiming this wood is a key factor in the Sempre perception, where life keeps on giving throughout time. ⁠⠀
Process
When the boat is dismantled, local carpenters start to clean the wood and lay bare the secrets it has kept. They make sure that all metal is removed from the beams and planks that are being recovered. After the cleaning process, the reclaimed natural teak is formed into new life ranging from tables, chairs, and cabinets. ⁠⠀
Destination
After a long journey, the new furniture arrives at the client’s home or business, ready for a new life. To bring happiness to families enjoying a nice home-cooked meal at the dining table. Or to bring peace to people relaxing on the sunbeds in the hot summer sun.⁠⠀

good to know

You might want to know this up front!

NATURAL BEAUTY

In order to show their true beauty our natural wood products are not lacquered or varnished. Because the wood is not sealed, it will absorb liquids from leaves, food, drinks, etc., which causes the wood to stain.

If desired, we can apply a protective layer.

living product

Wood is a living product that moves with time and can shrink and expand under the influence of humidity and temperature changes. Having
all the screws and connections checked and tightened will extend the furniture’s lifespan so that you can enjoy it for many years to come. The relative air humidity should be controlled and held at a constant 60 – 65% to minimize the risk of cracking.

marks and stains

Since the wood has been used before, it has inevitable characteristics and markings. We insert patches in the wood to fill in holes and remove materials from use over time, such as nails, for safety reasons. Please note that all
these materials can cause rust, which might stain the product itself or cause sedimentation on the floor. The stains, however, will not compromise the quality of the wood itself.

OUTDOOR USE

Our wooden tables are originally designed for indoor use, but we can easily adjust their design for outdoors. In this case, we will alter the table top’s construction and leave some room in between the individual boards so that water can run through, and the wood has room to expand. This way, the wood will not warp or crack as easily. We use this outdoor design only for teak tables. If you wish to have an outdoor oak table, we recommend using a stone top with an oak table base.

TANNINGS

Hardwoods such as teak and oak contain natural colorants such as tannins that are dissolvable in water. As a result, a discoloration from yellow to brown or red may occur when the wood comes in contact with liquid or even water-based paint or is put in a moist environment. These natural tannins can also emerge from the wood and affect any products or surfaces surrounding the wood.

CAREFULL PLACEMENT

Tables should remain leveled to avoid contortion and destabilization of the construction. The majority of our tables are shipped upside down to prevent breakage. It is essential to not put any weight on the legs from the sides when flipping the table. Instead, lift the entire table at once and place all legs on the floor simultaneously.

scars, stains, disorder & distortion

we find beauty in imperfection

maintenance tips

to keep your furniture beautiful in a natural way

TEAK

Light exposure has a big impact on teak. For example, in a dark room, the table will darken, and an oil layer will form on the surface. External outdoor influences, in turn, create a grayed and weathered effect.

When teak is treated, it gets an orange shine. Don’t worry; if you prefer a greyish look, you can leave the furniture outside until it has the perfect aged look or speed up the process with brown soap, a sprinkle of bleach, and water. The more bleach you use, the more it clears.

Our advice is to clean and nourish the teak from time to time with a small amount of natural glycerin-based soap. We recommend Teak Protector Spray for indoor use, which covers the table with a thin protective layer. As this wears off over time, especially when the wood is used intensely, you should regularly reapply the treatment. This treatment ensures that the wood’s appearance is preserved and is not affected by external factors such as light.

Please note that teak fumé cannot be treated with TPS and should instead be polished or waxed.

OAK

Oak can be treated with a humid cleaning cloth and a bit of decolorant followed by natural glycerin-based soap. Afterward, you can use a sanding sponge to polish the surface.

In addition to regular cleaning with soap and water as described above, we strongly recommend hiring a professional woodworker to clean your outdoor furniture at least once a year. This is particularly important for large projects where the furniture is kept outside all year round and is exposed to intensive use, such as in bars, hotels and restaurants.

Our natural oak furniture (from 2020) receives a water-based treatment as standard so that wiping with a cloth is sufficient to clean the furniture.

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