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mulberry spider

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spalted beech

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yew

cherry laurel

cherry laurel

cherry laurel from Sutton Scarsdale

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DSC00496

Spice Board

Spice Board

The cups are to hold different spices

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chestnut heart bowl

chestnut heart bowl

oak with eye

oak with eye

Ashover church has a peal of 10 bells. About 12 years ago it had to replace their ancient oak frame with a modern steel one. I was happy to declutter the churchyard of the old timbers.

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pierced walnut bowl

pierced walnut bowl

spalted sycamore bowl

spalted sycamore bowl

spalted sycamore bowl

spalted sycamore bowl

large spalted sycamore bowl

large spalted sycamore bowl

ash bowl

ash bowl

ash bowl with iron pin repairs

spalted birch

spalted birch

spalter birch bowl with natural piercing, and convoluted rim

spalted pear bowl

spalted pear bowl

large pear bowl, warped, with ovoid exterior and circular interior

birch pot

birch pot

In the early nineties our home was still in Suffolk, and so was my workshop. I acquired the trunk of a small birch tree, and turned about 7 small pots with the bark still on the rim. They were graded in terms of size as you went up the trunk. A couple I finished to my satisfaction, but the rest languished on a shelf for years. One got worm and was relegated to the greenhouse as a 'useful container'. This was one of the middling ones, and was liberated about 5 years ago.

belfry oak

belfry oak

old oak from Ashover church belfry

burr elm stand

burr elm stand

large, beautiful polished stand of burr elm. Can be used horizontally or vertically

olive table piece with lamps

olive table piece with lamps

I have a good Israeli friend whose father was a carpenter and came originally form Greece. My friend loves olive trees, and had several in his garden. One died, so he decided to send me some of the wood, through the post! The tree sections were sliced too thin for making bowls. The wood was beautiful, but for five years I didn't know what to do with it. Then I decided to do this.

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eucalyptus with open jaw

eucalyptus with open jaw

This large bowl was turned from a fairly green piece of eucalyptus grown in south Derbyshire. When finished it was perfectly round, and perfectly flat at the rim. The shape you see is entirely due to the warping as the wood dried out.

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