Henry talks – steam bending – by hand

June 29, 2012
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In 1945 my great grandfather, Lucian Ercolani, the founder of ercol, had finally developed a way in which the classic Windsor chair could be mass produced. Integral to that process was our unique way of steam bending the back bows. Windsor chairs have been made in the High Wycombe area since the 16th century but […]

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Henry talks – machine shop

June 19, 2012
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In my last post, I talked about our dimension parts – the timber blanks we machine our parts out of.  And so, then it was off to the machine shop for the next stop on my induction. Dim parts will now either take one of two routes out of the stores, if its a rail […]

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Henry talks – dimension parts

June 6, 2012
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Every piece of timber in the factory will be sourced from one of two sawmills which we use. One in the US that supplies us with all our oak and elm  and one based in Northern Italy which supplies us with beech and ash.  I started off in the Dim (dimensional) part stores as this […]

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John Bercow nominates ercol

November 15, 2011
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MP for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, visited ercol on Friday 11th November.  He spent several hours having the full tour of the works, seeing all the stages involved in making a piece of ercol furniture – from machining, timber bending and

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ercol factory virtual tour

June 30, 2011
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Wanted to look round the ercol factory, but not had the opportunity?  Well now you can explore our factory from the comfort of your (ercol) chair, with our new virtual tour.  The tour enables you to explore the various different departments within our factory, following the embedded arrows to journey between them or using the […]

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Quality in Manufacturing

February 10, 2011
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We were delighted to welcome delegates to the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’ “Quality in Manufacturing” course, which took part at the ercol factory on Wednesday.  The Worshipful Company runs a series of courses for both the retail and the manufacturing side of the furniture trade. The seminar included a tour of the ercol factory […]

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ercol timber – elm

May 19, 2010
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Wood is at the heart of ercol furniture and we take great care over our sourcing and selection of timber.  Originally, ercol sourced its timber, primarily elm, from the UK, but after the extinction of elm here through Dutch elm disease we had to look further abroad.  That was the start of what would prove […]

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Electricity use reduced

February 17, 2010
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We feel the environment comes naturally to ercol, with our long-lasting furniture made from wood in our energy efficient factory at Princes Risborough.  However, since we moved into our new premises we have tried every year to reduce our energy consumption.  Our heat and hot water are supplied from burning our wood waste in our […]

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