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Greetings, kitchen collective!

It is that time of year where all the parties are well and truly winding down, the nights are finally getting lighter, and it’s time to start showing natural kitchens some love once again.

Whilst your kitchen cabinets can be wiped down and cleaned with ease to make them look like new, wooden worktops require a little more TLC from time-to-time. This quiet time of year provides kitchen lovers with the perfect opportunity to give their worktops a fresh coat of oil, and bring them back to their best.

Rustins Danish Oil is perfect for protecting worktops in natural kitchens.

At deTerra Kitchens, we recommend using Rustins Danish Oil at regular intervals for the first six weeks after the worktops have been installed. The first application should consist of three coats on each side of the worktop, and six coats on any exposed endgrain. This helps to build up a food-safe layer of protection on the worktop (which will also reduce the potential for water ingress), whilst bringing out the innate beauty of the timber in a low lustre finish.

Once the protective layer has been built up, worktops should only then need to be oiled once every 3 – 6 months. Make sure you leave the worktop to dry fully between coats – the best way to test whether it is completely dry is to place your hand firmly on the surface and then remove it; if it feels ‘tacky’ or slightly sticky when you pull away, it’s not dry.

Rustins Danish Oil is available in 1L, 2.5L and 5L tins, starting at £14.99. 1L of oil is sufficient for the initial oiling of a 3 metre worktop. Other than the oil, our Worktop Aftercare Kit includes everything you should need to maintain your worktop, and is available for just £10. Visit our installation accessories page to order your oil and other accessories today!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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‘Ay up me ducks,

Those of you who have delved this far into the deTerra diary certainly must be fans of our stunning solid wood kitchens – and I must say, I can’t blame you!

deTerra has all the components you need to create the kitchen of your dreams, including oak kitchen cabinets, wooden cabinet frontals, solid wood worktops and a variety of other kitchen accessories.

Whilst we open new deTerra Kitchens showrooms across England on a regular basis, we appreciate that it can be useful to take a closer look at products in the comfort of your home before placing an order; so, if this sounds appealing to you, why not take advantage of our kitchen samples service?

samples for solid wood kitchens.

If you are intrigued by our selection of kitchen doors, we recommend purchasing one of our miniature replicas. Each kitchen door sample measures 350mm tall by 296mm wide, and is available in either Shaker or Traditional styles and in a number of finishes: sanded, lacquered or painted in any Farrow & Ball colour. No matter what look you prefer, our door samples are priced at just £20 including VAT and FREE delivery.

To take a look at the panels that make up our clever cabinetry, order one of our solid oak kitchen unit samples. Each sample is made from the same European oak that is used to manufacture our kitchen cabinets, provided in fully finished 160mm x 80mm x 18mm pieces – an absolute bargain at just £5 delivered!

If you like the look of our selection of wooden worktops, you’ll be pleased to know that we also sell pre-oiled solid wood worktop samples in every timber that we supply. Choose from standard, deluxe and full stave options, as well as great value 27mm thick alternatives. Can’t decide which worktop might work in your kitchen? Order a selection of our worktops samples at just £5 a pop.

Whichever samples you decide to take a look at, each can be refunded if you go on to place an order, and – unlike some retailers – we don’t expect you to return the samples to us. Simply let one of our advisors know that you have purchased a sample and they will happily discount the cost from your order.

What are you waiting for? Take a close look at our tasty kitchens today by ordering one of our sumptuous kitchen samples!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Yo-diddle-oh, fellow tree appreciators,

lovers of oak kitchens become a tree after you die in an egg-shaped pod.

Credit – Capsula Mundi

If you – like I – love all things associated with the natural world, then the final logical step in life is to choose an ‘eco-burial’ to ensure that your body returns to the earth from which it came.

Whilst there are natural burial grounds popping up around the United Kingdom, most are simply a substitute resting place in woodlands or meadows, rather than the traditional graveyard or crematorium.

Lovers of oak kitchens will marvel at the unique proposition from Italian company Capsula Mundi, who want to offer folk like us the opportunity to become a tree after they die with their specialist burial pods.

The egg-shaped pods are available in two sizes and are made from a variety of biodegradable materials including cardboard and wool. The larger pod is intended to hold the occupier in the foetal position, whilst the smaller pod can hold cremated ashes. A tree is then directly planted on top of the pod in order to absorb the nutrients as they are released.

Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli – creators of the Capsula Mundi pod – say that clients can choose any type of tree they wish to mark their burial location. No matter whether you’re a lover of the traditional oak or want something a little more unusual, the trees are intended to transform the cold grey landscape of a traditional cemetery into a vibrant woodland.

lovers of oak kitchens the beginning process.

Credit – Capsula Mundi

Speaking to IBTimes UK, Bretzel said: “We started thinking that through a coffin we can communicate something else, so we started thinking about the egg-shaped coffin that is a symbol of rebirth and the project went forward. Death is not the end, but the beginning of the cycle of life.”

Would you like to come back as a tree? I for one think that it’s the closest thing I am ever likely to get to reincarnation – should anyone think I deserve it. If you have an opinion on the Capsula Mundi project or have seen another weird or wonderful use of wood that you think we should feature here on the blog, don’t hesitate to share it with us on our social media pages. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Howdy-ho deTerrarinos,

cabineto's favourite worktops for wood kitchens

Cabineto and I spend many an evening talking over some of the rather spiffy wood kitchens that customers create using our solid wood kitchen components. In fact, there are so many lovely kitchens out there that it’s often difficult to decide which aspects we would choose for our own.

In the quest to create the perfect natural kitchen, we thought we would start by narrowing down our selection of wooden worktops, so I’ve let Cabineto pick out his favourites to share with you here on the blog.

Here are Cabineto’s top 3 worktops of choice:

Full Stave Prime Oak Worktops

A top selection of worktops could not exist without some form of oak appearing along the way (indeed, this choice should come as no surprise if we consider Cabineto’s European oak roots).

Full stave Prime Oak worktops are without doubt the most lavish variant of oak in our collection – proof (if it were needed) that Cabineto certainly has luxurious tastes.

Our full stave Prime Oak worktops might be rather grand, but they’re still keenly priced – available from £270 for a 2m worktop.

Deluxe Black American Walnut Worktops

Apparently Cabineto likes the wide, dark and handsome look when it comes to choosing wood worktops, so our Deluxe Black American Walnut worktops simply had to be included.

Constructed from 90mm wide staves, this sumptuous surface shows off walnut’s stunning grain without compromising on price, and it’s certainly among the pick of the crop when it comes to choosing a hard-wearing kitchen surface.

Do you agree with Cabineto’s second choice? Our Deluxe American Walnut worktops start at £280 for a 2m worktop.

Cherry Worktops

There’s a lot to be said for the unsung heroes in our collection: and whilst Cabineto thinks cherry is the perfect surface for traditional kitchens, it’s often overlooked in favour of oak, beech and other popular alternatives.

Our cherry worktops have a fine grain and honey-coloured hue that combines beautifully with oak kitchen units in a lacquered finish or painted in a light Farrow & Ball colour.

Cherry worktops are great value and proof that Cabineto doesn’t only like expensive luxuries – prices start at just £145 for a 2m cherry worktop.

We’d love to hear which of our worktops you have a soft spot for, so why not share your favourite with us over on our Facebook page or on Twitter. Can’t decide which worktop to choose? Let us know your proposed kitchen colour scheme and we’ll happily make some recommendations!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Greetings lumber lovers,

suspended forest prolongs Christmas oak kitchens

credit: Michael Neff, courtesy of the Knockdown Center

Christmas may already feel like a distant memory to most of us here in the UK; but thanks to the inventive vision of a native artist and some well-placed fir trees, the taste of holiday cheer has been extended in New York!

“What better way to reflect and recover from 2015’s end and begin the New Year than to wander quietly through a fragrant forest of reclaimed evergreens suspended in the air?” said artist Michael Neff in a statement to accompany his new exhibition “Suspended Forest”, which is now on show at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.

Each year in North America, over 30 million Christmas trees are purchased that are simply destined for the trash. Here in the UK a further 6 million trees are thrown out, creating over 9,000 tonnes of additional waste.

Neff’s installation features a grid of 40 former Christmas trees, which are evenly suspended across the entire room, leaving space for viewers to walk amongst the trees. The artist hopes that the indoor location and extended period of exhibition will allow for a halo of needles to collect underneath each tree, creating an “echo” of the trees below.

If readers have already removed the decorations from their oak kitchens, but are struggling to know what to do with their wilting tree, then never fear – there is help available from most local councils. Most councils will shred the trees to create ground coverage that is used in public parks and other communal spaces.

Alternatively, consider shredding the tree yourself to create a protective bark layer for flower beds until the winter months have passed. You could even strip the branches yourself and use the needles as a pine-fresh potpourri!

Here at deTerra we know the importance of recycling and minimising wastage, which is why we use wooden worktop offcuts (and other waste timber that cannot be repurposed) to fuel our warehouse heating system during the winter months. Larger offcuts are often used to create worktop samples, too!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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