This piece came from a Field Maple tree (acer campestre) I had to take down in our garden which had grown too 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…
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…
As burrs dry voids open up in the wood, these have been filled with powdered brass in epoxy to make a feature of them. The threaded lid is in Ebony with a corresponding Boxwood insert.
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…