Each of our Wooden Wearables pieces is created with our ethos and beliefs at the fore.
All materials used in Wooden Wearables pieces are responsibly sourced; we never cut down a healthy tree, instead we wait until there is no other option than to take it down, either through damage, disease or other legitimate reason. Our products are therefore environmentally friendly, and are lovingly handcrafted to provide the customer with a unique product that will prove to be a great conversation starter, whatever the occasion.
We support local trade through our products, both here and abroad. Our leather straps are made by Dece, an ethical trading company based in Romania which supports men and women in crisis to learn a new skill, gain employment and ultimately, feed and cloth their families. We have friends who work out in Romania teaching these skills to the people in the community where Dece is based, and we are proud to partner with Dece, associating our brand with theirs. Please check out their website at http://decehats.com/.
We sincerely hope you like our Wooden Wearables products and look forward to creating your unique bespoke wooden wearable item very soon!
The pieces in the Wooden Wearables collection are made using a wide variety of wood. To help you choose which one you'd like your unique hand-carved piece to be made from, take a look at the descriptions below.
Apple wood has a dense grain pattern and is a hardwood. Although in the wild it would grow as a normal tree would, quite often if it's in a garden or orchard, it is managed over the years and the growth rate slows down, increasing the density.
This is a very straight grained timber, often used for baseball bats or axe handles because of the natural flex it has. As with other woods, when ash starts to rot, it gains character in colour before losing structural integrity. This results in lovely pattering occurring throughout the grain.
This is sourced from a farm in ormskirk, north of liverpool. The unusual colour and characteristics of the wood are a result of being buried in peat for potentially thousands of years. Although, when dug up, the outside looks rotten, the core is extremely solid and a beautiful black/blue all the way through.
Cedar is an aromatic timber with a low moisture content, making it one of the lighter woods. Like pitch pine, the grain is easy to see, and visually stunning.
A beautifully coloured wood with a distinctive grain. Cherry is favoured by wood turners for its beauty when polished up. The reds purples and oranges running through the wood give a warm feel to this wood.
It's unusual to find this wood in large diameters, but I was lucky enough to source a tree that had to be removed from Rowton Hall in Cheshire. The closely packed grain of holly makes it almost impossible to count the growth rings, and makes it one of the densest timbers available. It takes a good finish and has a beautiful lacy effect running though the grain.
Despite being the only tree in the UK of which every part is poisonous (when ingested), laburnum is a beautiful timber with stunning grain patterns. The marked difference between the heartwood (dark) and the sapwood (light) makes for a beautiful contrast in whatever is made.
An understated tree, laurel is part of the cherry family and shares some of its characteristics. Depending on the age and location of the tree, the colour effects can be quite stunning.
Lime is sometimes called Bass wood or Linden. It has been favoured by hand carvers over the centuries as it holds together well with delicate details. It was the favoured wood of my hero Grinling Gibbons, who once carved a cravate for someone, complete with lace!
Oak is synonymous with quality and has been for centuries. Using only British grown oak with plenty of character, it's an obvious choice for durability and aesthetics.
This is difficult to come by these days, being found mostly in old window frames or church pews. It's a beautiful aromatic wood, and the grain is very distinct. The supply I have has come from a pew in St Mary's church, Stockport, and dates back to the 1870s.
This is a beautiful hardwood, often mistaken for oak. Its properties are very similar to oak and over the years it has often served as a substitute. Sweet chestnut takes a lovely finish and oils up beautifully.
This is a stunning timber; no two pieces are the same and the variety of colours in the wood are incredible. As the oldest tree species in the uk, some reaching thousands of years old, the growth rings can be counted easily as the grain shows up clearly when sanded. I currently have yew dating back to 1800.