Eleanor Allitt and Colin Purdy
Norway Maple bowl ,Colin 5
Collection of yew bowls, Colin 4
Detail Yew Bowl Colin 1
I seek to bring out the inherent beauty of wood with its wonderful variety of grain, knots, bark and natural edges. I also want to demonstrate how one can make beautiful things from wood found locally, and even in my own garden.
Colin has an eye for the bowl lying within an old decaying piece of wood. Old logs with deviant tree forks and roots which cannot easily be split are often chosen and transformed into unique one-of-a-kind objects.
Colin scours local woods, fields, and farmers’ log piles to find 100% British hardwood logs, which embody the imperfections and richness that age and weather bring. Sometimes screw holes, wormholes and other accidental features are included, drawing attention to the natural discrepancies found. Colin seeks to allow the natural wonder of the wood to speak for itself.