Established in 1898, Dinesen is a Danish family-owned manufacturer of world-famous solid wood planks. Made from carefully selected trees which are between 80 and 120 years old, some of Dinesen’s acclaimed hard-wearing planks reach up to an astonishing 15 meters in length. During our recent trip to Denmark, Architonic has paid a visit to the sawmill of this truly artisanal company and got a rare chance to watch, and capture, the meticulous production process of some of world’s best wooden floorboards.
More about Dinesen:
‘Dinesen’s cornerstone was laid in the late 1800s when master builder Hans Peter Dinesen of Jels, Denmark, started his own sawmill. Dinesen took an uncompromising approach to the raw materials he used and accordingly spent a long time in the forest carefully selecting the trees. He would assess and note down the exterior properties of tree trunks and, when they were cut at the sawmill, e would compare the inner quality to the outer features. Hans Peter Dinesen continued in this manner from trunk to trunk – to ensure unrivalled quality. Dinesen was a flexible, service-minded person who listened to his customers and took their wishes seriously. It was said back then that if there was something you couldn’t get at the pharmacist’s, you could buy it at Jels Savværk.’
‘Dinesen gets raw wood from the best forests in Europe, which have been nurtured for generations for the benefit of society and the environment. The trees Dinesen selects are between 80 and 120 years old and have been meticulously cared for throughout their existence. We make precise, uncompromising demands regarding grains, knots and structure. We accept only the best logs which we use with the greatest respect possible. Any other approach would be an injustice – both to the trees and to all the forest workers who have taken care of them for centuries.’