Bespoke Urns

All my wood is responsibly sourced locally from tree surgeons, firewood merchants and local authorities. Each piece is selected for its character and beauty, rough turned to shape then allowed to dry and stabilise for up to six months. Once dry it is taken back to the lathe where the shape and wall thickness is finalised, the outer surface is sanded to a scratch free finish and has at least three coats of an eco-friendly hard wax oil applied which needs no further attention for many years. The coloured pieces are sprayed with numerous coats of an eco-friendly waterborne lacquer, then burnished to an ultra high gloss finish which again requires no more than dusting. The lids and corresponding inserts are made from various dense hardwoods, they have hand chased 16tpi threads and are unique to each urn ensuring a secure closure.

Each one is a truly unique piece of art and is individually signed and dated.

Prices include mainland UK delivery.

This tall decorative urn is made from highjly figured English Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), which naturally is a very white wood with no apparent figure. This piece came from the crotch of a very large tree which is why it is heavily figured. To make the figure really stand out that I have dyed it with colour fast stains that not only emphasise the figure but give it a contemporary look. The spiral decoration has been…
£675.00
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Turkey Oak (quercus cerris) is a relatively fast growing tree and is planted as an ornamental, ideal for windbreaks. This piece came from a very large tree, the crotch of which was about 3 metres in diameter, it has been fumed with Ferrous Sulphate which reacts with the tannins in the Oak darkening it. However because it's a chemical reaction only the surface changes colour and by carving through the natural colour of the wood…
£495.00
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Turkey Oak (quercus cerris) is a relatively fast growing tree and is planted as an ornamental, ideal for windbreaks. This piece came from a very large tree, the crotch of which was about 3 metres in diameter. It has been fumed with Ferrous Sulphate during the finishing process, then three coats of an eco-friendly hardwax oil have been applied. The lid and corresponding threaded insert are in English Boxwood.
£415.00
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Coloured Quilted Poplar with a Holly threaded lid. This piece came from a log I saw it in a woodyard that I use was 1m in diameter and 3m long, I noticed the undulations on the surface where the bark had been pulled off. (see the image below) Poplar isn't a timber I would normally use due to it's blandness but I thought I would try a piece, when I started to turn it I…
£765.00
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I found a butt of Quilted Poplar in the woodyard I buy trees from occasionally, it was 2.8m long and about a metre in diameter and there was a patch of bark missing and I could see the exposed surface undulated quite dramatically. I cut a slice off the end and brought it back to the workshop where I cut it into the right sized blanks. Although the wood is highly figured in it's natural…
£725.00
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Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi and is divided into three main types: pigmentation, white rot and zone lines resulting in spectacular patterns and colours. The zone lines are different fungi erecting barriers to protect their patch from their neighbours, once the wood is dried the process of decay is arrested. Scroll down the page to see a video of this piece. The pin holes and voids in this piece have…
£650.00
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The tree that this piece came from grew on a farm in small village on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border, it had survived the dreaded Dutch Elm disease that decimated the Elms in the 70's in most of the country. Sadly it had started to die and the owners decided rather than cut it down totally they would get it heavily pruned in an effort to save it for as long as possible. For approximately 300 years…
£375.00
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Normally Sycamore is a very pale creamy wood, this piece has been allowed to spalt giving it a totally different appearance. Although the spalting isn't as vivid as you get with Beech but I think it is just as attractive, the zone lines tend to be finer and the discolouring more subtle. The threaded lid is made fro a piece of African Leadwood I was given by a fellow woodturner when I was the main…
£400.00
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Liming is a process of enhancing the grain with a liming wax which works particularly well with Ash. Firsty the piece is stained and in this case although it appears to black, blue and red were used. Three light coats of lacquer were applied and then the liming wax is applied. The pewter lid has been cast, turned and threaded with a 16tpi thread, a corresponding Boxwood threaded insert is glued into the neck of…
£765.00
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This piece came from a Field Maple tree (acer campestre) I had to take down in our garden which had grown to big. It's wood is normally a pale straw colour with the highest density of all the European maples and is often used for making musical instruments particularly harps. I have stained it with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure then applied four coats of waterborne lacquer and finally burnished it to…
£725.00
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