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…
As burrs dry voids open up in the wood, these have been filled with powdered brass in epoxy to make a feature of them. The threaded lid is in Ebony with a corresponding Boxwood insert.
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 16 tpi hand cut thread ensuring a secure closure.