Who are CWC?
CWC is a company that is highly specialized in the design and manufacture of slab wood structures, mudejar ceilings, art ceilings, Arabian decorated wooden ceilings and mudejar crucks with lattice wood work decoration providing coverage to the client and his team throughout the entire project life cycle.
Who are CWC’ customers?
Carved Wood Ceilings’ customers are Individuals, Architectural Studios, Decorators, Professional Designers, Real Estate Companies, Golf Resorts, Financial Institutions, Convention Centers, Museums, Religious Institutions, Government Institutions, National and International construction companies who place their confidence in us to produce craftwork in wood that provides their project with an element that will set it apart from the competition.
Our clients include distinguished, high-net-worth individuals listed amongst the Forbes 100 (Alicia Koplowitz for example), European royalty, distinguished individuals from the Middle East, business tycoons, sports stars and music celebrities (such as Julio Iglesias and the flamenco singer, Enrique Morente).
We have worked with internationally renowned architects such as Mr. Rafael Manzano Martos in Bahrain, Spain, etc. and Mr. Richard Gluckman in Spain and the U.S., as well on as projects led by the likes of HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates in Algeria, among others.
We are also noted for various high-level projects that we have carried out on the international stage with construction companies such as OHL-Sonatrach in Algeria, FCC (Fomento Construcciones and Contracts), in Spain, and Acciona in Spain.
We also work with first-class institutions such as the Junta de Andalucia, Unicaja Bank, the University of Granada, the Pablo Picasso Museum and the Thyssen Museum.
What does our work primarily consist of?
We undertake complex artisan wood projects, which are integrated into the construction process. We advise our clients from the first point of contact, right through the production design process, working alongside the architectural team and others involved in the project, in order to meet the objectives of quality, manufacturing lead times and shipping management, right through to installation.
What kind of work does CWC specialize in?
CWC specializes in wood ceilings of Mudejar style which are ensemble by complex geometric decoration elements and cruck structures. Making us able to do the most demanding projects in wood.
Thanks to our background and experience we understand the complications that can arise in a construction project throughout all phases of the project life cycle. This means we are able to take a broad view of the project and understand it as a whole, from concept to the delivery and installation of the artwork, allowing us to integrate effectively with the other project stakeholders.
Are these slab structural or decorative?
Over the years we have worked on restoration projects in heritage buildings in which these wooden structures are built using traditional methods, as part of the actual building support system. Therefore, just like the originals, many of our projects are designed and configured as an integrated part of the supporting structure of the building, be it in a new construction or a renovation project.
We do also make non-load-bearing works, such as false ceilings that have the same appearance as authentic structures, the only difference being their ability to span greater dimensions.
Do CWC only make ceilings in Mudejar Style?
CWC has extensive experience in managing wood carpentry projects and is a world leader in Mudéjar-style wood carpentry.
We design unique solutions for designers and architects wishing to build wooden structures in historical or current styles. As a result we undertake projects in diverse styles depending on the particular needs of the client or the architect’s vision. These projects sometimes demand modern and contemporary styles and other times will require more classical styles, such as Baroque, Romantic or Renaissance.
Our portfolio also includes lattice ataujeradas and apeinazadas doors, lattice structures (mashrabiyas), corbels, cornices, balustrades, capitals, etc. among other construction elements.
Can CWC advise my architect or team?
Our technical team consists of Architects, Project Managers and Experienced Carpenters who work side by side with the client’s technical team, providing advice and answering any technical questions that may arise regarding production, transport or installation, in order to guarantee integration between the wooden construction and the architectural project for optimum results.
What I have to do? Does CWC deal with everything?
We offer various services, from integral services (project management) to simply taking care of the design and production depending on the project and the client’s needs.
Generally we identify the client’s needs in discussion with them, we prepare a design to be integrated within the architectural plans (if they exist), and once the work is produced in our workshops we take responsibility for shipping it by sea freight or land and manage the installation using our own or other resources as appropriate.
Depending on the complexity of the project, the client and / or contractor normally provides the appropriate human and mechanical resources to facilitate assembly.
How does international shipping work and how long does it take?
We coordinate the workshop production of the different elements and the on-site preparation of the area with the different individuals involved in the project to ensure that both the production and installation processes are perfectly planned. Timescales could vary depending on manufacturing requirements and method of transport selected.
Therefore, whichever form of transport you opt for, be it sea freight or land, your project will be carried out at the precise moment and within the exact timescales agreed.
When the order (product) leaves the carpentry workshop and in line with the shipping methods previously agreed with the client (EXW, FOB, etc..) the item is prepared so that it travels pre mounted ready for the different sections to be assembled at the destination, thereby optimizing human and machinery resources and minimizing installation time. Installation can take between 5 and 25 days on-site depending on the dimensions and complexity of the piece.
How long does it take to manufacture and install an artisan wooden ceiling? How is it mounted in situ?
Once design is agreed or we receive it from the client, the production time in our workshops depends on the complexity and dimensions of the project. On average it takes approximately 25/30 days, using highly specialized individuals and technology and thereby optimizing resources and reducing manufacturing time as far as possible, whilst also succeeding in optimizing costs and times without ever compromising the quality of our work.
Once the order leaves the workshop pre-mounted and ready for assembly at the final destination, our average installation time is 15/20 days. Our client or contractor provides the use of pre-agreed local resources, both technical and human, so as to reduce costs and timescales. We use local carpenters for the assembly of the panels, managed by CWC personnel who are dedicated exclusively to the installation and quality control of our projects.
Our high degree of specialization, streamlined processes, use of specialist machinery, highly qualified personnel and strict control of timescales for design, manufacturing, transport and installation, enable us to coordinate perfectly with all individuals involved in the life cycle of the architectural project with which our work is to be integrated.
Once the pieces are in place the finishing process begins. Sometimes this includes varnishing and finishing, using local resources under our supervision. It is preferable to do this on site rather than deliver the piece ready varnished to avoid repairing any varnish scratches.
What types of wood and finishes are most commonly used?
Each project is defined according to a number of factors as advised by our technical team. These include questions such as the climate of the area in which it is to be installed. Local climatic conditions will affect the type of wood selected depending on whether it is going to a cold and dry area (New York), a hot and dry area (Los Angeles) or a humid area (Miami).
All the woods we use are certified, of the highest quality and follow specific protocols regarding provenance and environmental care. The main woods we use in our work are Scots pine, Cedar, Eastern USA shortleaf Pine, Bosse, Oregon Pine, Old European Pine Tree and Niangon; highly stable woods that ensure the longevity of our work.
Our recommended finishes include natural wax, walnut veneer, clear lacquer, polychrome, gold leaf, etc.
Care of the woods and finishes used is of extreme importance to us since it is on these that the eternal durability of our works, of which we are justly proud, is based.