A Beautiful Crotch

 

Something Stunning

One of my favourite timber cuts has to be the crotch, ‘flame or curl’.  Cut form a specific part of the tree where the branches fork it produces some truly incredible figuring, and can be hard to get hold of.

This small English walnut crotch from a tree felled in south Devon has to be one of the finest I have seen, and I will most likely use it for the lid of a truly unique jewellery box.  

As with all timber, I will never find a crotch that looks just like this again, each one is unique.  See the journey of this crotch over the coming months

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The crotch or flame comes from a specific part of the tree where the branches start to fork, producing some truly amazing figuring

    The crotch on a tree  

Makers Exchange

Contemporary craft in Cardiff

Select makers from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen will be showcasing their work in the Makers Guild, Wales through the makers exchange from 10 may to 23 June.    I am delighted to have a number of pieces on show, alongside ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and glass; a great chance to browse some specially selected work!

Memory box by Edward Wild

The Wesley-Barrel Craft Awards 2014

 

I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Wesley-Barrell craft awards 2014.

 

Since their inception in 2006 the Wesley-Barrel Craft Awards have become established in the craft calendar and boast a history of spotting rising stars in the world of craft design and making;  See more at:

http://www.wesley-barrell.co.uk/what-s-on/2014/january/wesley-barrell-craft-awards-2014#sthash.mOtj5hbQ.dpuf

 The Hall Table:  What the Judges said…….

 “This console is an essay in classic ‘fine’ furniture technique which almost literally frames exuberance with a disciplined restraint.” 

The shortlisted pieces will be on show to view in a showcase at the Wesley-Barrell showroom at 15 Wigmore Street, London W1 from 5th – 18th June.  The showcase will then travel to Art in Action, a festival of fine art and master craftsmanship held 17-20th July 2014 at Waterperry House Oxfordshire.

 

The Hall table by furniture designer Edward Wild http://www.wesley-barrell.co.uk/what-s-on/2014/january/wesley-barrell-craft-awards-2014#sthash.mOtj5hbQ.dpuf

 

The Wild Rose: Flowers with Personality

 

Spring has arrived with the flowered jewellery box

With care, each petal on each flower has been individually hand cut and inlaid using vibrant yellow spindle wood, to create the stylised flowers sprinkled over these boxes.  Inspired by the wild roses found throughout the hedgerows of my youth, these fun flowers are patiently inlaid on these limited edition handmade jewellery boxes. 

The pastel yellow spindle wood used to create these flowers was highly prized for marquetry during the Italian renaissance, where English spindle wood was exported to Italy for its vibrant colour.  A small non-commercial tree, it is now rarely used in fine furniture, I am lucky to have a small amount of this amazing wood which I have sawn stored and dried for use over many years alongside planting over twenty more spindle trees for the cabinet makers of the future

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The flower Jewellery Box by Edward Wild

Giants In The Workshop

Something Very Special

 

Sometimes you get a piece of timber that is so special you know there’s only one thing to do with it.

This slab of English elm, cut in the 1970s, and over 3 metres in length will be a table top with a great story to go with it.  It would be disrespectful to the mighty tree it cam from to cut a piece or rare timber like this into little pieces.    

Ravaged by Dutch elm disease, the mighty elm Tree this came from was felled in Devon and sawn in the 1970s.  It was air dried by the renowned cabinet maker Alan Peters, who stored and seasoned it in his timber collection.  I was lucky enough to acquire it from his estate several years ago, and now give it the same care and attention it has had since been felled, turning it every year to keep it flat.  However soon it will begin its journey to becoming a piece of furniture, prolonging this once mighty elm tree for several hundred more years.

Follow its progression over the coming months

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English Elm Edward Wild Furniture