Ideal for flowers, herbs, and salads, this Horizontal Garden Planter brings a splash of life to any wall.
The Oak used in this Planter originally served as flooring and walls of French Railway Wagons hauling goods for the SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français). These wagons are up to 80 years old and are nearly all now decommissioned and replaced with less romantic steel versions.
When we first get our hands on the Oak boards they are coated with decades of soot from the old steam trains that hauled them. Hiding under that soot lays an incredible timber full of characterful burls, knots and cracks. Time has allowed the soot to seep into the cracks and holes beautifully highlighting them in jet black.
The larger blackened holes in some of the pieces were created when red hot rivets were forced through the timber to join them to the steel frames of the wagons. This process was used in the days before mechanical drills were portable or practical enough to do the job. The charred edges of these holes are a fantastic feature that really helps to describe their past. It’s a real privilege to work with timber with such an amazing story and a real joy to give it new meaning and a new life.
Each planter comes complete with 3 gloss white ceramic pots which contrast beautifully with the aged and mottled French oak. The pots sit on sturdy metal brackets with natural cork pads. The planter measures 16cm x 115cm and uses 14cm ceramic pots which are sealed for indoor use.
Installation is simple using the recessed screw keyholes on the rear of the oak board (mounting screws not included).
We love this French Oak Planter and we hope you do too : )