Dasrat Sugrim: Bringing back the past

This past week at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, furniture manufacturer Dasrat Sugrim held an exhibition aimed at reintroducing a style of a bygone era.

Dasrat Sugrim

Other than having a unique name – the name of the company’s owner – Dasrat Sugrim offers a unique product in plantation-styled furniture.

Years ago, mahogany furniture was a regular commodity. That was before the trees from which it was made became endangered and the wood had to be imported. It is not widely sold now, but that is where Dasrat Sugrim comes in, specializing in selling and manufacturing genuine mahogany furniture, using local mahogany as much as permitted.

Several eye-catching pieces, most of them recreations of pieces from historical museums, Sunbury Plantation and St Nicholas Abbey, were on display at the exhibition.

Although recreating a historical piece, Dasrat Sugrim has made adjustments with everyday comfort in mind. Most notably, the Berbice/Plantation chair isn’t as rigid as its plantation era counterparts. It has been redesigned to be a vintage recliner of sorts, supporting the natural curve of your spine. The stifling canvas material has been replaced with breathable cane draft.

Despite how delicate these pieces appear, the moment you sit in them you feel the sturdiness and craftsmanship.

Dasrat Sugrim makes its furniture with barely any screws and bolts, if any at all, using dovetail joints to assemble the furniture as they would have been done in their original era. Even the impressive four-poster bed has few screws in its assembly. This piece features hand carved posts and a true Victorian feel.

Dasrat Sugrim uses a specialized tool to copy the tiniest details of these pieces with 99 per cent accuracy, making it easier to carve each piece from scratch with precision, and guaranteeing that every piece purchased will be a carpentry masterpiece.

Not only does the company manufacture and sell furniture, but it is involved in antique restoration.

The primary mission of Dasrat Sugrim is to breathe life back into the niche market of mahogany furniture, to make them functional and show Barbadians that this piece of our history isn’t stuck in the plantation age. 

Victorian styled four-poster bed.
Liquor table.
Berbice chair and ensemble.

     

3 Responses to Dasrat Sugrim: Bringing back the past

  1. Phil December 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I had the opportunity to visit his showroom on St. Lawrence Main Road. Really truly Genuine woodwork. It’s artistic and antiquated looking. Not suited for the modern interior décor. My dad had two expandable Berbice chairs that were classically unique. Our furniture maker made expandable dinner and dining tables, rocking chairs, bar stools with and with back rests, vanities with and without mirrors. Point is these antique furniture makers have diminished. I know there is a huge market throughout Europe. Perhaps Mr. Singh can produce a video and a 6 x 8 colour booklet and mail them out to stores in those country. and wityh the assistance of the BMA, attend exhibitions to further showcase his work both local and overseas. It’s a dying skill and SJPP and a few secondary schools should look at a program to help revive this art skill. I think old prison had a wood working training division but they produced basic items. Bending, shaping, welding and painting wrought iron pieces together unfortuinately is no big skill and won’t cut it now that IKIA and those ultra modern furniture producers are in town.

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  2. John Everatt December 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Nice work. As a former cabinet maker and joiner I can appreciate the skills that go into your work. I hope that you find a market for this as it is very nicely done.

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  3. Bobo December 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Mr Sugrim–good luck –”Good quality speaks”

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