This piece has been coloured with lightfast dyes to enhance the otherwise hidden figure, four different colours were used to acheive this result.

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Horse Chestnut is a wood that has very little value other than as a spectacular ornamental parkland tree but unfortunately it is being attacked by a fungus that is slowly killing them off.

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Horse Chestnut burr responds to being coloured with fantastic results. The colour transforms the beautiful but subdued figure into eye poppingly amazing stand out figure.

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Horse Chestnut burr responds to being coloured with fantastic results. The colour transforms the beautiful but subdued figure into eye poppingly amazing stand out figure.

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Horse Chestnut burr responds to being coloured with fantastic results. The colour transforms the beautiful but subdued figure into eye poppingly amazing stand out figure.

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Horse Chestnut is a wood that has very little value other than as a spectacular ornamental parkland tree but unfortunately it is being attacked by a fungus that is slowly killing them off.

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This is the most unusual piece of Elm I have ever seen, it's not really a burr because there aren't the typical clusters of knots that are characteristic of Burr Elm.

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"The Fire Within" was formed from a slice of the small Burr Elm log that had no real commercial value and when I found it was actually being used as a support to keep larger more valuable logs off the ground where they were being stored before being sold.

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About Phil Irons

Born in Australia, Phil is an Award winning woodturner best known for his coloured vessels and hollow forms.

He is a member of the AAW and the AWGB and a Registered Professional Turner.