These are part of a set of eleven windows for an old Presbytery.
They are made from a sustainably resourced rain forest timber and will last for a very long time when they are finished.
Each window is entirely hand made as they are all different sizes and being double glazed will replace existing single glazed windows.
With work like this it is crucial to copy the existing detailing so that when all the windows are fitted and finished no one will realise they have been replaced.
This is the kind of work that general joinery workshops shy away from – preferring to stick to their own standard products.
But It is not a problem for me that all the windows are different sizes as they are all hand made, it is more important that they look exactly like the existing and one of my specialities is the exact copying of new for old but with the modern day touches that we take for granted – such as security and insulation.
I have produced enormous double glazed, arched windows for Chateau’s, with dimensions and paint finish to match the previously existing, all produced to the great satisfaction of the Client and the relevant Historical planning departments.
Soon these windows will be finished and I will move on to the next project, which will be different again.
Walnut veneered boxes
These jewelry boxes are hand made and veneered in beautiful English Walnut Burr and American Black Walnut.
The Veneers are sliced very thinly – from fractions of a millimetre up to two millimetres thick and start life as a bulbous growth on the side of the tree trunk.
This growth, like a tree cancer with the internal cells twisted and knotted together, is the result of a mutation inside of the tree or the sudden exposure of a part of the tree to sunlight where previously it had been sheltered.
With some trees, such as English Elm, this mutation can run through the entire trunk.
Veneers like these are very valuable and often quite rare and no two bundles are the same.
There have been times when some species were unobtainable because exclusive car builders had purchased everything for the dashboards of their cars.
Furniture made using these decorative veneers is truly beautiful and a fantastic way to give the tree an extended second life – after all the tree was there for several hundred years before it made it’s way into my workshop !