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 tall decorative urn is made from highjly figured English Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), which naturally is a very white wood with no apparent figure. This piece came from the crotch of a very large tree which is why it is heavily figured. To make the figure really stand out that I have dyed it with colour fast stains that not only emphasise the figure but give it a contemporary look. The spiral decoration has been…
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 which reacts with the tannins in the Oak darkening it. However because it's a chemical reaction only the surface changes colour and by carving through the natural colour of the wood…
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.
Coloured Quilted Poplar with a Holly threaded lid. This piece came from a log I saw it in a woodyard that I use was 1m in diameter and 3m long, I noticed the undulations on the surface where the bark had been pulled off. (see the image below) Poplar isn't a timber I would normally use due to it's blandness but I thought I would try a piece, when I started to turn it I…
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…
Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi and is divided into three main types: pigmentation, white rot and zone lines resulting in spectacular patterns and colours. The zone lines are different fungi erecting barriers to protect their patch from their neighbours, once the wood is dried the process of decay is arrested. The pin holes and voids in this piece have been filled with powered Aluminium in two part epoxy making a…
Liming is a process of enhancing the grain with a liming wax which works particularly well with Ash. Firsty the piece is stained and in this case although it appears to black, blue and red were used. Three light coats of lacquer were applied and then the liming wax is applied. The pewter lid has been cast, turned and threaded with a 16tpi thread, a corresponding Boxwood threaded insert is glued into the neck of…
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…
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…
This piece has been turned with the grain running horizontally rather than vertically so that the patterns of the spalting are emphasised differently. An void was found during the turning of the lid, it was filled with bronze epoxy which both strenthens and enhances it. The lid has a hand cut 16tpi thread and corresponding Boxwood ring has been glued into the neck of the urn ensuring a secure closure.