This urn came from a very large branch that had fallen off an ancient Walnut tree in the village of Hampton Lucy in
Warwickshire, it's estimated that the tree was about three hundred years old. The lady who's garden the tree was in asked the tree surgeon if he knew of anyone who could use the wood, he contacted me and I went with my van and came back with almost one tonne of Walnut. The lady didn't want anything for the wood other than to know it was going to be used to make beautiful things. I did turn her a set of salad bowls that she was absolutely delighted with when I gave them to her some months later. The Holly for the lid came from a large tree felled in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Each piece is handturned by me from green wood. They are twice turned, the first time they are roughed out and left to dry for up to 6 months. Once the piece is dry they are taken back to the lathe, the shape is refined then sanded to a fine finish. Up to 4 coats of an eco friendly waterborne lacquer are applied to give a long lasting durable finish. The lids are individually made and have a handcut 12tpi thread ensuring a secure closure.