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 piece has been coloured with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure, four different colours were used to acheive this result. I has been finished with multiple coats of an eco-friendly high gloss industrial lacquer which needs no maintainence.The Holly lid has a handcut 12tpi thread and has been covered with 24ct gold leaf.
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. The English Boxwood ild has a 12 tpi hand cut thread ensuring a secure closure.
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. 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…
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…
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…
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.