I am a woodworker with a love of creating new and beautiful things. The wood from our coppice is used to produce these hand carved spoons and bowls turned on my pole-lathe. I endevour to create a connection with the material I work with. From felling the tree, to splitting the logs, shaping with a hand axe then carving with knives. The feel of the material in my hands allows me to feel the object as it grows.
I work with 'Green' wood. This is straight from the tree rather than seasoned wood. It is still 'moving' as it begins to dry so I work with the grain rather than trying to force what I want on it. It is a truely organic process.
The wood comes from our coppice. This is a traditional way of managing woodlands dating back thousands of years. It is a privilage to be a part of a living environment like a woodland, with each visit seeing things anew, and becoming a part of something that stretches back and, hopefully, forward in time too.