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 cut 12tpi 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.

Chilean Pine or Monkey Puzzle as it's more commonly know is often described as a living fossil due of the longevity of this species and is also the national tree of Chile. This piece shows that characteristicly symetrical branch growth that makes it so appealing. This large single urn is made from Chilean Pine, more commonly know as the Monkey Puzzle tree, often described as a living fossil due of the longevity of this species…
Maple Burr has got to be one of the most beautiful woods I know. It's full of the most stunning figure, knots, swirls and voids.It has a pale straw colour in it's natural state, I have applied several different colours of light fast stains to make the figure really stand out. The natural voids have been filled with pewter to contrast and compliment the coloured figure, then multiple coats of eco-friendly lacquer are applied.It has…
This urn came from a very large branch that had fallen off an ancient Walnut tree in the village of Hampton Lucy in Warwickshire, it's estimated that the tree was about three hundred years old. The lady who's garden the tree was in asked the tree surgeon if he knew of anyone who could use the wood, he contacted me and I went with my van and came back with almost one tonne of Walnut.…
Sadly the vast majority of our Elms in the UK have been devastated by Dutch Elm disease, this piece came from the branches of a 300 year old tree that was trimmed to try to save it. Burr Elm is one of my favourite timbers, it is full of character, rich with features and no two pieces are ever the same. During the drying process little cracks and voids open up which in a purely…
This piece has been coloured with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure, four different colours were used to acheive this result. It has been finished with multiple coats of an eco-friendly high gloss industrial lacquer which needs no maintainence.The Holly lid has a handcut 12tpi thread and has been covered with 24ct gold leaf.
Each piece is handturned by me from green wood. They are twice turned, the first time the are roughed out and left to dry for up to 6 months. Once the piece is dry they are taken back to the lathe, the shape is refined then up to 6 coats of lacquer or Hardwax oil are applied to give a long lasting durable finish. The lids are individually made and have a handcut 12tpi thread…
So named because nuts from the tree are toxic to horses. And despite having “chestnut” in its common name, it’s not closely related to the wood that has traditionally been referred to as Chestnut in the Castanea genus. Horse Chestnut is actually related to its American counterpart in the Aesculus genus, Buckeye. This piece has been coloured with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure, four different colours were used to acheive this result.…
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 12 tpi hand cut thread ensuring a secure closure.
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…
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…
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…