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Not a piece of music, although one could wax lyrical over these for days, months or even years. Our Rhapsody is simply a stunningly beautiful armchair. Created with a love of wood, a passion for producing sublime quality, and far more importantly a chair that is so comfy you do not even need a cushion, no matter how long you sit and chat to those friends you invited around hours ago.

As you rest your glass of wine, water or beer on the beautifully curved silky smooth arm you cannot resist being drawn into caressing the tactile warmth of a natural product – wood. Whether it be the finest quality Teak, the European Oak, the British grown Sweet Chestnut or our African Iroko the finish and wonderful good looks come as standard.

A handmade Hartlepool or Warrior table with Rhapsody Armchairs provides a breathtaking combination. Take a peek at the picture above and you'll see exactly why so many discerning people choose these as friends for life. Heavy weight and very durable you can even choose a differing size for example have two King size and four standard chairs and if like me you are that little bit wider across the beam the King size is a dream come true. Sit back, relax enjoy all that's good in alfresco dining.

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You have probably never heard of me? My story is really fantastic from birth in Africa to my current location at Sir John Fitzgerald's The Green Pub on the way into Newcastle from Sunderland.

Some 80 or so years ago I sprang from the dry, dusty earth on the Ivory Coast in Africa. A small insignificant sapling, nibbled by various animals, never fortunately trodden on – growing slowly I eventually matured into a very large IROKO tree, I am classified as a very durable hardwood with similar characteristics to my rich cousin Tectona Grandis otherwise known as TEAK.

I grew up in mixed woodland and when eventually found to be ready for harvesting was felled, trimmed and taken to a large sawmill for sawing into 50mm planks to be shipped off to England and then kiln dried to meet the requirements of my new owners. Carefully packaged, wrapped in heavy plastic to protect me after a long and bumpy journey in a strange steel box I suddenly found myself looking into a caring gaze of British Craftsmen at Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture in Hartlepool.

I was unpacked, had small pieces of timber slipped between my layers to allow air to circulate and me to adjust to this strange new land, brr it's very cold here. Men carried me around, eyed me up and down, checked to ensure I was straight and true then carefully with the most amazing concern for my welfare proceeded to mark, cut, shape and transform me and my friends into the most wonderful Picnic Tables. Very Heavy and because of the hand sanding beautifully smooth and silky. All my screws, are hidden carefully under matching dowels, Stainless Steel Coach bolts keep me together and as you can see from the picture at the top of this page I LOOK FANTASTIC.

I would love to see you soon, sit on my warm tactile seats, enjoy a bite of lunch, a glass of something maybe? But most of all – like my creators, appreciate from where I once began and when in 25 or so years my life here is done I can be recycled and my carbon footprint (never knew I had one of those) is virtually zero.

See you soon?

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