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OneOak craft items by DZ Design

posted on October 11, 2012

Makers Richard Zakss and Samantha Drewett of DZ Design have produced dozens of craft items from the OneOak wood.

They have worked with the offcuts from other Makers, including Rodas Irving, and parts of the tree that other Makers ignored such as large and bent branches.

These items and more will all be for sale at our exhibition opening tomorrow at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

DZ Design website

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Martin Damen’s OneOak collection

posted on October 5, 2012
freeform spoon collection by Martin Damen

freeform spoon collection by Martin Damen

Martin Damen has been busy making a large number of spoons and some pendants from the remaining OneOak timber.

The entire OneOak collection can be seen on Martin Damen’s website, and some of these will be for sale at our forthcoming exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (read more).

 

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The OneOak smoke-fired Metamorphosis III

posted on October 3, 2012

The second of our ceramic pieces made from offcuts from the OneOak wood has arrived safely at Sylva in readiness for our exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Complimenting the OneOak jug made by Stephen Parry, this piece was made by Deana Lee and is called Metamorphosis III.

The piece measures 38cm high, and 26cm wide and deep, and its name is rather apt given that the tree has been changed into many different forms. It was made from Porcelain mixed with T-material.

Deana explained the making process:

I actually started making Metamorphosis III at Art in Action 2012 and completed it back at my studio in Wandsworth. After the form was finished it is burnished several times using pebbles and then finally using the back of a metal spoon. The reason for this is twofold – by compacting the clay and polishing the surface the minute detail of the smoke decorating is allowed to shine through, and it also makes the art extremely tactile (I encourage people to touch my work).  Then a layer of terra sigillata (a fine liquid form of the clay) is painted on and artwork is allowed to completely dry (takes several weeks).
Once the piece was dry it was low fired to 900ºC in my electric kiln before being taken to my smoke firing studio which is located in the middle of Wimbledon Common.  Once there I dressed the sculpture in various organic and non organic items such as wire wool, copper, banana skins etc and then it was placed in to a metal drum, on a bed of the OneOak Project sawdust along with various oxides and salt which will add subtle colour to the art.  Hay is placed around and on top of the work, along with oxides and salt, and then finally a layer of newspaper, kindling and offscuts from the OneOak Project are placed ontop and the whole tin set on fire and allowed to burn. After about 7 hours I left it to smoulder, going back the following day to unveil the sculpture, wash off the ash and polish it with beeswax (it is like wood and every so often needs to be polished with beeswax in order to bring the patterns out).”

More about Deana Lee

After a career in marketing which spanned the globe, Deana decided to follow her passion for sculpting and ceramics and returned to the U.K. to study 3D Design specialising in Ceramics at the Richmond School of Art.  After graduating she was one of 39 emerging artists to be selected for the Chinese Arts Centre’s Professional Artist Development Scheme, through which she received a training bursary as well as a mentoring grant.  In 2011 she was one of six international finalists for Potclays Emerging Makers Award 2011, and recently was shortlisted for BBC Two’s programme “Show Me The Monet.”

Each sculpture that she creates is inspired by her passions; the natural world and travel. Her organic, smoke fired artwork has strong forms and several facets and all are highly burnished as this results in extremely tactile shapes and allows the detail of the smoke pattern to shine through – her pieces are meant to be touched!

Deana says “As far back as I can remember I have always been drawn to the ancient method of smoke firing and how the smoke and flames paint designs on the ceramic canvas. I have taken these ancient processes and use them in a more contemporary way to create unique effects that have depth and fluidity. Of course a considerable amount of planning goes into the decoration design of each piece, but by using smoke firing techniques there is also a significant element left to chance. For me that sense of surprise is definitely a large part of the attraction, especially as my final forms tend to be very controlled.”

Her work is in private collections around the world, and she specialises in creating works of art for specific spaces or people, incorporating some of their world (in the form of sand from their travels or gardens etc) in to the clay body.

Deana Lee ceramics


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OneOak ceramic jug

posted on October 2, 2012
OneOak ceramic jug

OneOak ceramic jug by Stephen Parry

The latest in our final few items made using OneOak wood, all of them from offcuts, has been completed by potter Stephen Parry.

For as long as potters have made high fired ‘stoneware'( firings of over 1200°C), wood-ash has been used as a glaze, on it’s own or as one of a number of materials combined to make a glaze ‘recipe’. The first ash glazed pottery is thought to have been made in China during the Shang period (1500 BC ) These pots were most likely glazed accidentally, when the wood-ash from stoking the kiln landed on the pots, melting onto the surface of the clay forming a runny glaze. It is rare now for a potter to use wood-ash as a glaze on its own, but it is often used as a major component in a glaze recipe. Wood-ash glazes are know for there fluid surfaces and there subtle green to blue colour. Each species of tree will give a different glaze, even the same tree grown on a different soil type will  give a subtly different glaze.

To make a simple ash glaze  the wood-ash is first washed to remove the soluble alkalis,(this is a strong and unpredictable flux) and then sieved to remove all the course particles, with would give a rough surface to the glaze. The ash is then dried so that it can be weighed to make a glaze recipe. A simple ash glaze recipe could be: 40% wood-ash, 40% potash feldspar and 20% clay.

Less than a week ago Stephen told us that:

“I spent yesterday firing my wood-fired kiln with the pot, glazed in ‘one oak’ ash. It should be cool enough to open tomorrow (Friday 26th). It is a risky unpredictable process! – puts a whole new meaning to ‘keeping your fingers crossed’. So I won’t know if it is worth sending until tomorrow.”

He continued “After some consideration I decided to go for the interest value rather that the more predictable – So I have glazed my pot (Jug) with 100% ‘OneOak’ ash, rather than making a more conventional glaze out of the ash. I hope it works.”

The resulting jug did indeed ‘work’ and is stunning, having arrived at Sylva in readiness for our next exhibition. Stephen explained that it is a stoneware Jug 50cm high, wood-fired to 1300ºc with 100% ‘OneOak’ ash glaze. He added:

“Well, it came out better than I could have dreamt – that old oak tree must have got something special. Everything that you see on the jug is from the ‘OneOak’ only.”

The OneOak jug will be on display with all other OneOak pieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from October 12th – December 2nd.

More about Stephen Parry

Stephen has been living and working in North Norfolk since 1981, where he set up Ryburgh Pottery. Most of his work is thrown using high temperature stoneware and porcelain clays, fired in a variety of wood fired kilns, sometimes firing to well over 1300ºC for up to four days.

He makes a small amount of pots for use in the kitchen, although most of his work is more individual, made in small batches, using soft clay and thick Slips.

Some pots are left unglazed, allowing the wood ash that enters the kiln during the long firings to glaze and colour the work,  he also uses wood-ash glazes including Oak, Apple and Pine ash.

As well as the UK he has also exhibited work in France, Germany Denmark and Japan. He is a Fellow member of the Craft Potters Association.

Stephen Parry:  wood-fired ceramics

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OneOak moebius sculpture

posted on October 1, 2012
Richard Fox sculpture trefoil moebius

Richard Fox sculpture trefoil moebius

Richard Fox’s completed OneOak moebius sculpture.

The piece will be on display, and for sale, at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 12th October.

Richard Fox Sculpture

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OneOak viola chinrest

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The latest new OneOak product,crafted from offcuts, has been completed by Master violin maker Marc Soubeyran.

Marc used an offcut (leftover piece) from another OneOak maker, Waywood Furniture, to make a chinrest for a viola. During the OneOak exhibition at Art in Action in July, Marc put the finishing touches to the chinrest using tiny woodworking tools. The chinrest has gone appropriately to violin and viola player Anna Hemery, who composed the OneOak music and played in the ‘OneOak trio’ (the music is available on the homepage).

Marc Soubeyran’s website

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New OneOak makers use the last remaining offcuts

posted on September 27, 2012

The OneOak project is now nearing completion, as we prepare to move our exhibition from Blenheim Palace, where it has been since late July, to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (opening October 12th). While all our original makers completed their work in readiness for our Summer exhibitions, a few additional makers have approached us, all keen to use the very last few bits of offcuts to make a few more precious items from the OneOak timber.

We will be adding stories about these products and the makers over the next few days. Expect some surprising items!

 

 

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One Oak : One Tree : One Chance : One Life

posted on July 17, 2012

The Pathway Workshop has completed a OneOak “Contemplation Bench” on the theme: One Oak : One Tree : One Chance : One Life.

Pathway Workshop bench

The completed Pathway Workshop contemplation bench. One Oak : One Tree : One Chance : One Life.

Pathway Workshop

Pathway Workshop

Pathway Workshop is a centre for people with disabilities run by people with disabilities. They train disadvantaged people with mental illness or severe learning difficulties in woodwork skills, work ethics and independent living skills. Staffs are trained on individually tailored programmes so they can develop at their own pace. Whilst this often takes a considerable time our success rate for  people able to move on from Pathway Workshop in achieving permanent real jobs and permanent independent life is over 60%.

The design of this bench is seen as complimentary to the ethos of Pathway Workshop and to all people who are suffering hardship in their lives. Similar in concept to the sensory garden, the natural defects within the wood have been enhanced to focus how both the fortunate and unfortunate elements in life can be used together to enrich the both. As Pathway Workshop builds harmony within our team by finding the positives out of the debilitating effects of disability, this bench design seeks to offer a place for reflection and quiet contemplation on our own perceptions. It is pertinent that the planning of this bench engaged every disabled person working at Pathway Workshop to both input to it’s design and to do a part of the work in creating it. We have therefore “enabled the disabled” and applaud their superb achievement.

Managing Director of the charity, Mike Kyle, said: “It is a delight and great honour for us to be selected as a nominated designer/manufacturer of a product using wood from the One Oak project. A growing part of our business is  now in bespoke built products, anything from small trinket boxes to outside learning areas for schools; from shipping crates for Honda to hand made planters for Blenheim Palace. It is sometimes difficult to describe the high  quality finished goods and original design concepts that staff with disabilities can produce. Our “Contemplation Bench” is a tremendous opportunity to show to a wider audience how we can use the natural facets of the wood we receive and turn them into strong design features and high quality products. Thank you to the Sylva Foundation for choosing us and giving us this opportunity”.

Cleaning and planing the OneOak timber on arrival

Cleaning and planing the OneOak timber on arrival

Measuring components

Measuring components

cutting components

cutting components

Chiselling the leg mortices

Chiselling the leg mortices

Marking up for the inlays

Marking up for the inlays

Carving the message

Carving the message

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Made from OneOak wood

posted on July 16, 2012
OneOak website

OneOak website

Over the last two and a half years, ever since the OneOak tree was felled in January 2010, we have been endeavoring to make as many and as varied items as possible from the tree to demonstrate how important trees and wood are to us in modern life.

Now that the first of our finale exhibitions is about to open (Art in Action July 19-22), we can list for the first time the number and variety of items made from the OneOak tree.

Here is a list of items made so far that exceeds 30 in number, while for some items there have been multiple versions (e.g. benches for five different schools) – the links point to stories on the OneOak blog over the last two and half years. See also our Products page on the OneOak website

  1. firewood from branchwood
  2. woodchip, from branchwood, for heating a house
  3. sawdust for smoking food, waste from processing other items
  4. charcoal
  5. bracing beams for a house
  6. transom beam in a boat, rowed in the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee Flotilla
  7. door and frame
  8. chest
  9. pedestal table
  10. coffee table
  11. throne chair
  12. clock
  13. lantern
  14. moebius sculpture
  15. jewellery
  16. acorn oakbot sculpture, from waste slabwood
  17. memorial sculpture, from branchwood
  18. carved bowls
  19. carved spoons
  20. turned bowls
  21. carvings
  22. automata
  23. Commemorative garden bench
  24. five benches for primary schools, including the spider bench
  25. contemplation bench
  26. MakeIT! bench, national school design competition
  27. nesting tables, fine furniture competition winner
  28. small craft items
  29. deer
  30. viola chin rest
  31. printing blocks
  32. relief carving
  33. sounding bowl

We will update this list in the future and include information on some of the items that so far have not been featured in the OneOak blog.

We hope to see at one of our exhibitions during 2012

 

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OneOak door and frame

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Rollo Dunford of Dunford Woodwork, has completed his work in making a OneOak door and frame. Rollo’s work nicely complements the fine furniture that has been made over recent weeks and it will create an attractive addition to our exhibitions. It has been designed so as to enable visitors to our exhibitions to walk through the door.

 

door inspiration

The inspiration for Rollo Dunford's door - an oak door in a converted barn made by a boatbuilder

Rollo's hand tools

Rollo's hand tools

making pegs by driving square oak through a metal piece with round holes!

making pegs by driving square oak through a metal bar with round holes!

smoothing out radius for header

smoothing out radius for header of the door frame

pegging up the door frame

pegging up the door frame

planking of the outside face of the door

planking of the outside face of the door

wonky old recycled hinges mean tailor fitting for each one

wonky old recycled hinges mean tailor fitting for each one

The display frame supports being made

The display frame supports being made

beautiful oakleaf latch by blacksmith genius Terry Harwood

beautiful oakleaf latch by blacksmith genius Terry Harwood

We hope to see you at one of our exhibitions (starting with Art in Action this Thursday to Sunday 19-22 July), where you will have a chance to walk through and admire this stunning door.

Visit the website of Dunford Woodwork

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