The Story of Wood – Vessel Emerging

When you see a finished piece of carved or turned work, it can be difficult to imagine how that piece evolved from wood as we see it in nature - trees, branches, logs and so on. As part of the Story of Wood - the tale of how trees are reborn as art - I decided to make that connection. I could have taken the process and shown a part-worked piece, or a piece of turned work ...
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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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