Wood is a natural, living material. To process it means to shape it in order to obtain a floor of the highest quality, which conveys all the craftsmanship of the manufacture and ennobles the raw material as much as possible at the same time. There are many parquet processes to choose from and each one provides a different effect and characteristics specific to parquet. Of all of them, hand planing is perhaps the oldest and most handcrafted process available. The parquet floor embodies all the know-how and skill of our craftsmen, who create it by working each individual plank by hand, using only blade planers. The result is a rustic and detailed floor, in which each element is different from the other, there is no standardisation, each detail is unrepeatable and carefully crafted. By hand planing, tradition is revived, the surface comes to life, restoring an interplay of volume and movement to the wood and hence to your floor.
Why choose hand-planed parquet?
Hand planed parquet is the ideal choice for those looking for a home with a classic, elegant, and timeless feel. Aesthetically, it reflects the idea of a simple floor that embodies the luxury of quality workmanship. More than ever before, the parquet is created completely by hand, cutting, and laying the individual pieces of wood in a pattern, like a herringbone for example. The tool our master craftsmen use to shape and smooth the material is a blade planer they use to shape the wood to lend it a rustic and refined look, which has nothing to do with the geometric and standardised workings obtained with more advanced machinery. The result is a floor that conveys all the creativity of the craftsmen, their style, their expertise. Every detail is unrepeatable. Technically, the hand planed finish lends the wood a rich feel that cannot be achieved with traditional sanding methods, and the planer adds a special texture to the floor that cannot be replicated with any other type of processing.
This is why hand planed parquet proves to be an excellent option for those homeowners looking for a floor that is unique, luxurious, and unrepeatable. The difference lies in the waviness of the surface, which is perceptible both to the touch and to the eye, the rustic style, which does not follow any predetermined patterns, the veining and the design of the individual planks, all of which are unique and different.
How hand planed parquet is made
Hand planing each individual element that makes up a parquet floor means enhancing the aesthetic qualities of the wood and enhancing them in a floor with an authentic craftsmanship feel. As is logical, the workmanship requires sensitivity and a well-defined process that needs to be followed. It starts with selecting the right wood for the floor. The wood must be of the best quality, selected for its veining, structure and colour. The next step is to sand the wood by hand to create the actual floor, with its rustic style defined by skilled craftsmanship. A hand planer is then passed over each piece of wood, shaving off a thin layer. At this point, the long sides of the wooden boards are often rounded off by hand to give the floor a pleasant ‘wavy’ effect. The final step in the process is to apply a protective varnish to the parquet. This protects the wood from scratches and wear.
In other words, it is a lengthy process. We can easily say that hand planing parquet requires a lot of work and skill by the craftsmen, but the results are worth the effort. In fact, at first glance, it may seem like a process that requires a lot of physical strength to be put into the boards; in reality, it is a process that needs strength, but well dosed, and also uniformity and ‘gentleness’. The finished product is a unique, durable parquet floor with character, and it depends on the sensitivity of the craftsman’s hand.
The style of hand-planed parquet: just plain rustic?
As already mentioned, hand planed parquet features wooden planks that are not even, equal, or perfect. And that is precisely its beauty: every irregularity becomes value, uniqueness. A floor of this type is not very linear, with different elements, details that come together to delineate a strong identity and a rustic style par excellence. This is why hand-planed parquet is often associated with traditional atmospheres, made in dark shades, and regarded as perfect for furnishing old farmhouses and homes with a strong connection to history. But are we sure that this is always the case?
Actually, nothing prohibits us from making bolder choices, playing with styles and – why not! – going against the tide, creating a hand-planed parquet floor in light wood that also fits perfectly into a modern setting, as we did in the case of the BZ house, a modern, minimalist home featuring a neutral colour palette combined with a few touches of green. The challenge of this project was just that: to furnish a home while maintaining its delicate balance, without losing sight of expressing tradition and quality, starting with the floor. The living area, characterised by a large open space, thus became the stage on which to exhibit a hand-planed parquet floor, unique for its details and in a light-coloured wood, guaranteeing chromatic harmony with the surrounding environment and at the same time telling a story of excellence, skill, and ancient tradition. To analyse the project in detail, let us start with the choice of the collection: our ‘Milano Style’, a tribute to the Italian capital of style, an international symbol of elegance and modernity.
Among the 20 colours available in the scale of whites, beiges and essential greys, we chose ‘Essenza’, a very refined shade of beige. The floor was then created in wide planks, each one hand planed by our master craftsmen, so that it was uniform yet detailed. The right combination of shape, colour and collection created what we were looking for: a hand-planed parquet floor that would fit perfectly into the context of a modern, minimalist home, without weighing it down but rather exalting its clear, clean ambience. A floor as an element of continuity and harmony with the colours and style of the entire house.
To sum up, hand-planed parquet is a true work of craftsmanship. The uniqueness of each detail is its strength. The strongly rustic style of the workmanship is not a constraint: with a bold combination of colour, wood type and shape, hand-planed parquet can also be placed in modern, contemporary environments without being out of place. For those looking for a unique and durable floor covering, hand planed parquet is the perfect choice. Contact us for information on parquet flooring production.