Why not spice up your home with a different medium? Adding wooden décor adds the rustic, not the usual, into your home. The natural warm feeling wood brings, Perfect for all areas, add the unexpected to a space you couldn’t find the perfect fit for.
Wood has been a favourite medium for humans since time immemorial, whether for making primitive shelters, functional tools or stunning design objects. In the age of plastic and particleboard, we tip our hats to this most classic of materials with a selection of beautiful and unconventional wooden items to please any aesthete.
As a business that works with bespoke design concepts, I am highly experienced in developing ideas and creating practical and exciting designs
Spending time around Trees and looking at Trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. Numerous studies show that both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at Trees reduce blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe. Trees reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
With all that being said ive been an arborist all my adult life and as much good I've done for many trees I've also had to fell many trees for various reasons, outgrowing its environment, root issues on homes, building requirements, etc,
if I'm completely honest its always our fault, felling sometimes quality Trees to make space for us,
but i understand the health and safety of living close to Trees, so now running my own company, I do Tree work my way, i simply won't fell a Tree unless absolutely necessary, i always discuss alternative options, failing that re-planting is suggested and normally my clients are happy to do so, one way or another i weigh things in the plant kingdoms favor.
Most of my wood waste is responsibly recycled the wood that isnt recycled, will be kept by me, selecting all species of the most mature and rarest looking grains, keeping all the most unique pieces
making beautiful objects from my source of wood is one small way i can payback, and it makes me proud to do it.
Bespoke wood carving is the process of using traditional skills and hand tools to carve into any wooden surface to create a one-of-a-kind design. I have done many bespoke wood carvings including birds, leaves, flowers, trees, etc as well as many more but please i cant stress enough, anything you want carved is possible, a bold claim i kno
Bespoke wood carving is the process of using traditional skills and hand tools to carve into any wooden surface to create a one-of-a-kind design. I have done many bespoke wood carvings including birds, leaves, flowers, trees, etc as well as many more but please i cant stress enough, anything you want carved is possible, a bold claim i know, so i welcome you to put me to the test.
These can be stand-alone pieces such as chainsaw carvings on old tree stumps/stems, garden furniture, sculptures or house name plaques, or can be carved into an item such as a door, bed, or wardrobe to enhance the intricacy of the design.
Bespoke wood carving is a great way of adding some of your personal style to your home through a piece that is created just for you that you won’t see anywhere else on the market from the design to the wood choice and the final finish, whether its left with a clear organic option or a glass effect option or maybe somewhere in between, all ideas are welcome.
Bespoke wood carving and pyrography is a specialist craft that takes a great amount of time and precision. The price of bespoke carving and pyrography art is dependent on the intricacy of the design, as well as the scale of the design and the time it will take to complete the project. To discuss your ideas and budget with me please contact me here.
Hand Carving is a traditional art form that has evolved to include both contemporary and established styles, Arbor Barba allows you to request any type of imagery. I use a wide range of natural materials, sourced responsibly,
including Oak, Alder, Beech, Ash, Cedar, Pine, Walnut, hawthorne, yew, elm, apple, pear, plum, cherry, being a tree surgeon the list is endless, and i choose my wood extremely carefully looking for one in a kind piece that otherwise would be hard to find.
For anyone unfamiliar with pyrography, it’s the art of decorating wood by burning a design on its surface. Most pyrography is tonal in nature and various shading techniques are used to add depth and gradation, if you can think of a design whether it be texturing, patterns, writing, landscapes, portraits, it can be done, or even combine with Carving or Relief.
WHERE CAN I USE THE PYROGRAPHY ART ?
Outdoor Ideas: Frames to swings, hammocks, decking, outdoor wooden picnic tables, chairs, wooden planters. Wooden lamp posts. Outdoor garden art sculptures embellished with wood burning.
Indoor: picture frames, wooden valences for curtains, kitchen cabinetry, paneling, fireplace mantels, stools, window and door casings throughout a house to add charm to every room, Doors, bed frames, bookcases, tables, wood floors(entry area) or wood floor boarder, baseboards, stairs, railings, and posts, and mirrors.
Basically anything wood can be dressed up to look its best.
Finishing of a wood surface is highly recommended whether it’s new or old furniture/Sculpture it protects wood surfaces from moisture and makes its appearance richer and deeper. The wood finish is different than painting in a way that, painting hides the original wooden surface while Wood finishes improve the appearance of the surface. The term finish can also represent several coats of finish or an entire build-up of the coating. Below are the most common types of wood finishes.
Surface finishes: leave a hard, protective film over the top of the wood to create a buffer between the wood and anything it contacts. Generally applied with a brush, the most common types of surface finishes are lacquer, shellac, polyurethane and varnish, which can make the best wood sealants.
Penetrating finishes: infiltrate wood pores and fibers replenishing any lost natural oils leaving a beautiful decorative finish. Penetrating finishes provide a low sheen and take longer to dry than surface finishes. Most are oil-based with the most common types being Danish, Tung oil, and linseed oil.
Dyes match the existing color or it also changes the color of the surface. Dyes are the kind of wood finishes that are available in both water-based and oil-based types. These wood finishes protect interior wooden surfaces.
Oil wood finishes improve the appearance of unfurnished wood. Natural oils that are present in the wood dries out over time. Oils finishes replace the natural oils and nourish the wood grain. It protects the wood well for internal and external use.
Varnishes are made up of oil, solvents, and resins. They are usually clear and transparent. They give a better UV protection. Varnishes dry slowly. Application of the varnish on the top of dyes gives a better protection.
Shellac is a natural wax finish which is secreted from a bug which thrives on a tree. A mixture of the collected wax from the tree and an Alcohol solvent gives better consistency. Shellac is available in a variety of colors. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly. It gives a glossy finish to the wood.
Wood stains change or improves the wood color. They are present in different colors. The wood stains perform better if they are darker than the color of the wood. It increases the visibility of the grains. They don’t protect the wood. Application of wood stain is followed by a coating of wood finish for better protection.
Lacquers are thin solvent based finishes as compared to the other finishes. They are usually applied by spraying. Lacquers dry fast because it contains evaporating the solvent. It riches deeper into the wood and nourishes the grains and bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Lacquers bring a glossy look to the wood.
Water based finishes provide a clean and clear finish and have little odor than the oil based finishes. They are thin in consistency, so they dry easily. They give a natural appearance to the wooden surface. The flexibility of water-based wood finish allows it to adhere to any surface quickly.
Since 19th-century French polishing technique is in use. It is a classic technique of wood finishing. It is a mixture of shellac and alcohol. A rubbing pad lubricated with oil is used for the application of this finish on the wooden surface. It gives the glossiest appearance to a wooden surface.
Traditional techniques are used by me to offer uniqueness to each individual project. There are many finishes and textures we can provide for interior and exterior projects. From the traditional highly charred fragile looking to the sleek and contemporary finish; i provide them all.
I produce Shou Sugi Ban to order. I supply standard and bespoke profiles, multiple timber species and in all dimensions – all on specification.
Is epoxy resin good for wood?
Epoxy resin is suitable for sealing wood as well as waterproofing it. Some examples of this application include sealing a tabletop, wooden boards in the kitchen, or furniture. Sealing kitchen work surfaces, wooden flooring, or any other application is also possible with it.
Two-part epoxy glue is known for high performance strength and durability. When applied to wood, it acts as a sealant, or filler that hardens to create a lasting bond. Its waterproof seal makes it easy to clean and ideal for wooden tables or furniture. After the full cure time it can be sanded or drilled.
Upon drying, the epoxy's bonding agent causes the wood to be less flexible and thus stronger. In addition to added strength, the epoxy adds years of life to the wood as it protects the wood from moisture and rot.
If your surface has an oil based stain or oil-based paint, you must apply 2-3 coats of oil based polyurethane before doing the seal coat. The epoxy seal coat will not stick to an oil based stain or oil based paint. The polyurethane will cover that and allow the epoxy to stick.
In this section are examples of projects completed where i was able to take photographs, As i specialise in unique projects i was not able to photograph everything in order to ensure there exclusivity.
Hand-carved peregrine falcon battle mask, with templar style, a celtic love spoon from a Yew tree that was felled to close to ground level to make a bonsai my dragon vs unicorn and my whimsical fairy home sculpture are both made from the same yew tree.
The wand is made from my own walnut tree and im sure it doesnt mind as its just me removing its dead wood :)
Dragon vs Unicorn with fire water ying yang effect, hand-carved sculpture from yew tree stem.
This piece of wood was apart of an Elm tree that died, i believe due to it reaching a size where it can be detected by the beetles that spread the fungus (dutch Elm disease). I kept a few pieces of what I consider real special wood it truly has the most amazing grain and there's no way photos or video can do it justice.
The idea was to make a covid mutant variant with a relevant twist, so I carved the sun all the planets a comet and the cosmos together in a variant style, and named it Mind Your Space :)
Hand-carved from a Yew tree's main junction (where the crown breaks into two stems). There's a little bit of everything on this so look close.
I once felled an Ash tree that was diseased, there was a large junction at the top of the stem where the crown broke into two main leading stems, and i thought to myself what shall i carve out of you? so i kept it. years later a client of mine wanted a rustic Rudolf for Christmas and I thought of that Ash log, so I dragged it out into the open and decided to do a quick chainsaw carving, I can definitely accept it's no David of Michelangelo, but it can simply be carved fast & to spec.
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