These wonderful handmade tree decorations by Mike from offcuts of timber left after making his frames and chopping boards.
They are roughly finished and are charming on their own, but particularly so when grouped together in a little Copse.
As you can see, when grouped together the variety of the woods used – Ash, Beech, Elm, Oak, Sycamore – achieve a beautiful range of colour, texture and pattern which makes each Copse unique! Each piece of timber used is grown locally in the borderlands of Scotland.
We will be holding an exhibition of the photographic work of The Handmade Crafthouse this Autumn. Preparations are well under way as the pictures begin to come together. There are still lots more frames to make, glue, pin, sand and oil. Photos to print, mount, glaze and then finally, display.
Monday is our day of rest. The day when the Handmade Craft House is closed. The day when we try to ‘down tools’ and do nothing shop related! Sometimes it’s easier said than done, as everything we do seems to feed in one way or another back into the business.
Ulmus Glabra, or more fittingly, “The Scots Elm” is a tree that has been ravaged over the years by the Dutch Elm disease and it is hard to find timber of practical size and use. A while ago I came across three twisted, bent and in places cracked boards. Despite all the faults the beauty of the grain hidden beneath was crying out for a special purpose. So I bought the wood, thinking they may come in for door panels and they have sat in my wood yard since then.