The inspiration for the design of the camp wardrobe came from a need in the most exclusive camps and lodges for a practical but upmarket storage solution for client’s clothes and shoes while they enjoying the wonderful African bush in these fine safari camps. We wanted an armoire that showed off the stunning timber from which it is handmade. We use secret sliding dovetail joints that give the whole structure great strength and rigidity, while retaining the clean, elegant lines of the masterpiece. The tong and groove hardwood back slats give the camp wardrobe added strength and rigidity.
Materials and Fittings:
This solid wood wardrobe can be built from a variety of African hardwoods. Zambezi Teak, formerly known as Rhodesian teak, is one of the finest hardwoods globally. Plants for a Future rate it as one of the world’s finest commercial timbers. Though very hard to work because of its density, it is a stunningly attractive hardwood. Also available is Saligna, an exotic plantation hardwood from Eastern Zimbabwe that is much lighter in colour and can have a painted finish if required.
The drop handles are imported solid brass. The drawers slide on Danish stainless steel roller bearing slides, the finest there are. Solid brass corners and straps are available to give a luxurious finish.
Surprising uses for the Camp Wardrobe:
The internal arrangement of shelves, drawers and hanging space can be altered so that this fine piece can be used in a multitude of applications. It has been used as a display cabinet, a bookshelf, back bar cabinet, and of course as a wardrobe or armoire. Contact us for designs and advice. We’re happy to help!
Solid wood with one drawer, Solid wood no drawer, Canvas sides two drawers no shelf
If you choose a lacquered Wardrobe:
Try to keep the wardrobe away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish every few weeks or every month. Apply sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. In between, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.
If you choose an oiled Wardrobe:
The wardrobe receives three applications of Satinwood 28 Base oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, or you can find it in most hardware shops in South Africa. We recommend you do one application on installation of the furniture. From time to time you will need to re-apply the oil. If the furniture is used outdoors, please do the re-application every 3 months. When in doubt, re-apply when the finish looks faded or dry. The recommended application procedure is as follows:
Wipe surface down with a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with mineral turpentine. (Ensure that all surfaces are completely dry and clean before proceeding with the next step)
Use a clean cotton cloth or soft bristled brush dipped in the oil and apply in light, short strokes, ensuring thorough and even distribution of the oil.
Leave the oil on the furniture for at least 1 to 2 hours (but not more than 24 hours), to allow absorption into the wood.
Use a clean cotton cloth and wipe off all excess liquid to leave a natural smooth finish.
Allow to dry for approximately 24 hours.
If the surface of your furniture becomes a bit grimy over time it can be very effectively cleaned with Deckwash from Timberlife. Apply with a clean cloth. Work in well over the total surface and wipe off all excess liquid.
If a wet glass or similar is left on the surface it may leave a watermark. In this case please wipe the water off as soon as possible, and if necessary apply some more Satinwood 28 base. If the mark is still slightly visible you can rub with a little baking soda mixed with an equal part of water, wipe off with a damp cloth and re-apply the oil.
When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.
Camps and lodges:
For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery with our transport or you may arrange collection. For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest airport for smaller orders.
Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you. Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport. For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.
Smaller orders in Southern Africa:
We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.
For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.
Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed. For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order with the balance paid on completion.
We offer a 15-year warranty on your Campaign Wardrobe for any flaws in construction or material (except natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks etc.) Miss handling or inappropriate use of the product will invalidate the warranty.
We will supply you with our suggested care and maintenance guidelines to ensure life-long enjoyment of your furniture. However, we cannot be held responsible for repairing / replacing this product if you don’t follow these guidelines.
We build with timber harvested from natural forests. The charm of this material is that no two pieces are exactly the same in colour, character or grain, and they will contain natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks and so on that enhance their authenticity and attractiveness. As a result, no 2 pieces will ever be identical and products may have natural imperfections. However, these will never be allowed to compromise the quality of construction of your piece.
For large orders we offer discounts. Please see the table below for the % offered.