To BMRD Heirloom Furniture
Boris Bernards, the founder, started to manufacture toys with
his father in their home garage in New Zealand in the early
50’s as a part time venture while studying Civil Engineering
at the local Technical College. He found that he had an affinity
for woodworking which far surpassed his interest in engineering
and metal work.
He took a job in a furniture factory as a “general hand”
which entailed offloading delivered lumber (Timber) and stacking
it in the open to air dry, and placing kiln dried lumber inside
in racks, ready for processing into furniture. He was later
taken inside as a beginning machinist to “rough cut”
the lumber (prepatory to sizing) readying it for shaping etc.
He progressed through the factory to machinist, then shaper
and joinery departments, and finally to assembler. This further
whet his desire to learn more about woodworking and furniture
making in particular. Over the next few years he spent time
in factorys, workshops studios, working with talented cabinetmakers
and machinists, wood turners and veneer layers and joiners,
adding to the overall skills and experience of the various disciplines
of furniture making. The additional time spent in a chair-making
factory was an eye opener, as was a year in a custom shop making
one of a kind pieces, from bombe chests, to bureaus, to armoires
and china cabinets etc.
This led to opening a workshop, allowing for an opportunity
to branch out into other woodworking experiences. This included
designing furniture, manufacturing pre-cut modular small cabins
(for use as beach homes) , or when added together, actual living
quarters for those handy customers who wanted to assemble their
own buildings, as well as the burgeoning pre-cut furniture field,
Interest in the final product led to forming a finishing shop
where hand finishing and polishing was the only way to complete
projects without a spray booth.
The desire to learn further led to a trip to London, which
lasted for about 8 years. Coming to the US in 1975 was the opportunity
to once again start a workshop part-time while working full
time at another job during the day.
Later, the present company was formed to use the knowledge
gained over the years to repair, restore and/or custom build
furniture and other wood related projects.
Adding upholstering, caning, and woodcarving services was a
natural progression. Another interesting addition is the availability
of segmented wood turned bowls of various wood combinations,
and pieces decorated with pyroengraving (also called poker work)
All the above skills and the love of woodworking and furniture
are available to our customers by contacting (818) 772-8908
or Fax (818) 772-8982.
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