There is a unique process that allows the best of the “old world” charm to be maintained, including the hand assembly process, while simultaneously introducing the best technology available today, to assure quality control. Some of the significant features are as follows:
· Heavy gauge, high tensile strength steel strands are run through a bath of proprietary resin formula, which acts as a rust inhibiting agent.
· Only the finest Scandinavian Pine from sustainable forests is used for the paper manufacture. The fibres are longer and stronger than that used by some competitors, and yield a long fibred paper that is far superior.
· The special kraft paper is simultaneously dipped, for moisture and Ultra Violet resistance (to protect the paper against sunlight). Unless they are treated with the U/V inhibitors, not used by many competitors, they will discolor rapidly.
· As they come together, the resins on each, bond the two as simultaneously, the paper is twisted around the wire and the excess fluid is squeezed out. These become the supporting strands, easily capable of holding the weight of several men!
· In another process, the paper is then twisted, to make similar strands without wire. Through this process, the dense kraft paper strands are made dimensionally consistent and smooth, while actually increasing their strength.
· These two types of strands are then woven on the Lloyd Looms to make the Woven Fibre material. This combination allows the furniture to be resilient and extremely comfortable, while maintaining both strength and durability.
· The loomed material is now ready to be cut into patterns and affixed to the frame. Afterwards, it will be treated to seal any breaks that may have been caused by the bending and twisting of the fabric during the hand application of the material to the furniture frames.
· Metal edging is crimped onto the edges where the loomed material was cut, so that the fabric cannot come undone and sharp edges will not be exposed.
· Only hardwoods are used for the seat frames. Some legs and chair framing often require bends in the wood, to create the shape. Rattan is well suited for this function, but even in this case, we use only the finest of the many grades available. This Lloyd Loom furniture receives manufacturing techniques that are far superior to any other product of its type.
· The frames are fitted together with carpenter's glue and then screwed together; to ensure they will remain as tight after years of use as the day our customers receive them.
· Nylon banding is stretched across the underside of the chairs to provide additional strength and stability of the frame, as well as ensure that the loomed material will not sag under extraordinary loads or over time.
· The fabric is now affixed to the frame with upholstery tacks and a decorative loomed braiding is tacked over all seems for a completely finished look.
The Finishing Touches
· All armchairs and side tables are done with fully bound legs, meaning that a thicker strand of the loomed weave is continuously wrapped around the legs all the way to the bottom. It is quite elegant looking.
· Leg bottoms are capped with brass ferrules (specially lacquered so they will not rust) and insert a nylon glide beneath that, to protect floors.
· In some cases, the fabric is undone intentionally and then rewoven (all by hand) to form a decorative design.
· The product is then coated with a water based clear acrylic paint to further seal it from all elements and provide it with a lustrous finish.
· Each piece is carefully inspected for any flaws or imperfections that would be considered a defect in material and/or workmanship. If there are any, the piece is rejected. As a hand made "natural" product, the beauty is in the slight "imperfections" that are part of nature.
· Most pieces do not require any cushions, however… we suggest one may wish to consider a cushion for additional comfort and to accentuate the beauty, while blending it in with the surrounding décor.