I was up at the yard when Chris Chapman; one of the finest photographers of Dartmoor life, whips his camera out and says can I take your picture? Who am I to say no.? See more of Chris's work at
I took some of the small pippy oak test pieces on an outing today to Teignmouth to see how they would look on location. Apart from the wind almost blowing them into the sea it went rather well.
Because this wood is both rare and expensive ( as well as being very old) I tend to start the process in photoshop, virtually carving away to find the shape and dimensions that I am looking for before I touch the saws, grinders and sanders. It also gives a chance to think about bases and how to attach them. Here I was considering a solid clear acrylic leg which I liked but the base material was not thick enough to safely contain it.
Been giving the oak a good going over with pressure washer to see what lays beneath all the grime. Looking good !! But too long to get in the house so I feel a bow saw moment coming on .......
Had a great day choosing and milling the "pippy" oak tree outers that will be used for my next few projects. Thanks to Tom, Andy and Gavin for all their help.
This is where I am possibly happiest, searching through old stacks of wood to see if I can find something wonderful. Thanks to Tom at greenspace designs for letting me rifle through his piles.
There were only ever going to be 3 pieces of the Linnacombe Elm and 2 are on walls of
private collections. Milled over 20 years ago after the tree had succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease the 2.4 metre boards had been stored undercover on the farm ever since. Tom pointed them out to me and after the first one came up something lovely I returned for the other 2 ( there was actually 3 but the one on the bottom of the stack had rotted so badly it fell to dust as I lifted it.)
So one piece remains and soon be made into a beautiful wall hanging to complete the set.