nurturing a wood culture, growing a future

OneOak watercolours by Rebecca Hind

Artist Rebecca Hind was first featured in October 2009 when we watched her working on watercolour sketches of the OneOak tree in the woodland – read here. We visited her studio recently to see what progress she had made and were amazed that she has produced no less than five separate paintings.  Her beautiful watercolours…

OneOak sawn timber catalogue

Following the recent sawing of the OneOak tree at Deep in Wood sawmill, we have catalogued all 35 of the boards cut from the tree’s three main lengths.  Future users of the timber can now browse and select their wood based on its dimensions and qualities.  To view the online catalogue click here. You can…

Forester and son interview

Writer and radio producer Cathy Fitzgerald recorded an interview between Blenheim forester Nick Baimbridge and his son Ben, immediately before the tree felling. Cathy makes audio tours for museums and galleries and is currently working on a radio documentary for the BBC about magic carpets. She says that she is interested in OneOak because “I…

OneOak felling timelapse film

Our fantastic voluntary film crew have produced a new film of the OneOak felling.  Eight hours is condensed into just four minutes, capturing the peace of the woodland at dawn and then the arrival of 250 children and several hundred guests to watch the felling.  Watch as the tree surgeon scales the tree to prepare…

OneOak at the sawmill

Today we reached a major milestone in the OneOak project as the OneOak tree was sawn at Deep in Wood sawmill. Owner and sawmiller James Binning invited some of the future users of the wood to watch the sawing.  Guests included Joe Bray and 13 students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre, green wood furniture designer-maker Rodas…

OneOak timber is extracted

Sawmillers James and John Binning from Deep in Wood sawmill brought their forwarder and heavy lifting equipment to extract the OneOak timber today. In contrast to the weather on the day of the felling, Blenheim’s woodland was bathed in glorious winter sunshine. They lifted the three main lengths of timber from the OneOak tree onto…