A tale of spalted beech

Whale sculpture in spalted beech
You’ve probably admired the beautiful black, brown or sometimes red lines, creating beautiful patterns across a piece of wood, but do you know how these patterns are made? Spalting is the term used to describe the process by which certain fungi grow on cut or fallen trees and travel up through the timber. They take 2 to 3 years to form these beautiful patterns and the li...
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York Minster stone & wood auction

After the devasting fire in York Minster in 1984 the scorched roof timbers and wooden ceiling bosses were stored under York city walls.  Today, just over 30 years later, York Minster auctioned some of these amazing 14th century pieces of carved oak, alongside beautiful stone masonry replaced during Minster renovations. It was a privilege to be present at the auction and we w...
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