This piece was made for a themed exhibition entitled "Water".
The highly figured Sycamore has been enhanced with lightfast stains giving the impression of flowing water.

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This heavily figured piece of Poplar has been stained to enhance the quilted figure and finished within with multiple coats of lacquer. It has an English Boxwood threaded lid.

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Spalting is simply a fungal discoloration of wood, not e separate species, it is found in wood that has begun initial stages of decay, and is then subsequently dried (preventing further decay).

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Colesden Burr Elm isn't a species, it's the name of the village in Bedfordshire where this tree stood for more than three hundred years. Sadly it became dangerous with pieces of dead wood falling into the road as it started to die from Dutch Elm Disease and had to be felled.

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The technique for enhancing the grain in Ash is known as Lime Waxing. Ash is a ring porous wood, this means that the spring growth rings have large earlywood pores 2-4 rows wide, whereas the latewood or winter growth rings are smaller and more scattered.

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Sadly the vast majority of our Elms in the UK have been devastated by Dutch Elm disease, this piece came from the branches of a 300 year old tree that was trimmed to try to save it.

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The term Olive Ash does not refer to any specific species of Ash, but instead is in reference to the darker, streaked heartwood found in some Ash trees, which tends to resemble the wood of Olive trees in the Olea genus.

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So named because nuts from the tree are toxic to horses. And despite having “chestnut” in its common name, it’s not closely related to the wood that has traditionally been referred to as Chestnut in the Castanea genus. Horse Chestnut is actually related to its American counterpart in the Aesculus genus, Buckeye.

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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.

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Maple Burr has got to be one of the most beautiful woods I know. It's full of the most stunning figure, knots, swirls and voids.

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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.

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This piece has been coloured with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure, four different colours were used to acheive this result.

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Each piece is handturned by me from green wood. They are twice turned, the first time the are roughed out and left to dry for up to 6 months.

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Every piece of Burr Elm is unique in terms of figure, patterns and colour variations. This piece has quite a bit of dark chocolate colour and lighter shades, all the small voids have been filled with bronze powder in two part epoxy making a feature of them.

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This large single urn is made from Chilean Pine, more commonly know as the Monkey Puzzle tree. 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.

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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.

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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.

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About Phil Irons

Born in Australia, Phil is an Award winning woodturner best known for his coloured vessels and hollow forms.

He is a member of the AAW and the AWGB and a Registered Professional Turner.