manufacturing

40 years of Service Award

January 8, 2015

Just before the Christmas break, we celebrated two 40 years service awards for brothers Brian and Pete. Both Brian and Pete joined ercol in 1974. Brian (on the right of our Chairman, Edward) joined in the October of 1974 where he started in the Bandsaw shop and 9 days later became an apprentice in Polishing where […]

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Assembling an ercol Quaker chair

November 21, 2014

The 1875 Quaker Dining Chair is one of our classic Windsor chair designs. Created by Lucian Ercolani in 1957, it has remained in continuous production up to this very day. We thought we’d share with you the key stages in assembling the chair

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A Chair Fit for a Prince

February 12, 2014

At Kensington Palace this morning, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will receive personally a gift for HRH Prince George – a specially designed, hand-made high chair from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity. Five eminent furniture designers were tasked

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Henry talks – polishing

January 2, 2013
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In the latest of his posts, Henry, great-grandson of ercol’s founder, talks about his time in the polishing shop during his factory induction…. Every piece of furniture that comes out of the assembly shops goes over the gangway into the polishing shop. All the pieces leaving the factory will have been coated in a protective […]

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Henry talks – the jig shop

October 23, 2012
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In his latest post, Henry, the great-grandson of ercol’s founder, talks about his experience in the jig shop: After working around the machine and assembly shop’s for 5 months I had had enough experience of the factory to be allowed in the jig shop. The jig shop has two main jobs, it will make all […]

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Henry talks – furniture assembly

October 16, 2012
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In the latest of his blogs, Henry, great-grandson of ercol’s founder talks about his time in the assembly shop during his factory induction: Continuing my route through the factory I followed the cramped and sanded parts as they left the machine shop and headed towards the machined part stores. These stores bisect the factory, on […]

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Henry Talks – cramping

August 15, 2012
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Previously Henry took us through the timber machining process – now he moves onto cramping…..The machined parts will go through the sanding department before heading to either the cramping department – if the parts need to be made into a sub-assembly – before going to the stores, or straight into the machined part stores to […]

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Henry talks – machine bending

July 11, 2012
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In my last post I talked about hand bending, well now for the machine bending… Nearly all of the bends in the dining chairs will be done by a machine, which you can see in the video below.  The type of bend required in the bow means that up to 10 can be placed in […]

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