Chilean Pine or Monkey Puzzle as it's more commonly know is often described as a living fossil due of the longevity of this species and is also the national tree of Chile.
This piece shows that
characteristicly symetrical branch growth that makes it so appealing.
This single urn is made from Chilean Pine, more commonly know as the Monkey Puzzle tree, often described as a living fossil due of the longevity of this species and is also the national tree of Chile.
They can grow to an enormous size 1-1.5m in diameter and 30-40m in height and live to be 1000 or more years old but they are don't tolerate exposure to pollution. I was offered the whole tree by a forestry contractor who had been tasked with it's removal from a large estate in the Cotswolds, it was only about 15m tall. A distinctive charactistic of Monkey Puzzle is that the branches grow in a horizontal rings at regular intervals up the tree. This piece has been left outside in the elements to allow it to spalt, resulting in discolouration varying from apricot to dark chocolate.
I have used a knot from the tree to create the threaded lid and have added an Ebony finial to contrast and compliment the muted colours of the urn. It has a handcut 12tpi thread ensuring a secure closure and is finished with four coats of an eco-friendly waterborne lacquer which will require nothing more than dusting.