nurturing a wood culture, growing a future

CEO talks about Wood Culture in India

Sylva’s CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery was invited to speak at an international conference organised by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, held in Bangalore in India. It was part of the UN’s activities supporting the International Year of Forests. The conference was on the subject of the Art and Joy of Wood – Rediscovering wood:…

OneOak charcoal

A very successful OneOak charcoal burn and training event was held recently at the University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum. The event was managed by Alex and Lisa of Chew Valley Charcoal (read more about the preparations).   Branchwood from the OneOak tree was mixed with sycamore wood to fill the kiln; charcoal from the two…

OneOak tree planting film

Today we have published a new 12 minute film featuring the OneOak planting event, and the unveiling of Simon Clement’s sculpture, at the Blenheim woodland in January 2011. Our huge thanks to Editor Conrad Weisterantz and Camera Sarah Simblet.  And of course all the children who worked so hard to plant the 250 oak trees.

OneOak spoon travels to the USA

Earlier in the year Martin Damen was invited by Norman Stevens, an American collector of wooden spoons, to contribute a spoon to his “Gathering of Spoons” .  After much discussion he wanted one in Cherry Plum.  However, he also appreciates spoons made from wood/trees with some provenance.  Consequently, Martin decided to send a spoon made…