Wood Types





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Craft Fair News


I am very sorry to announce that due to ongoing ill health Isaac cannot organise and run the botanic Gardens Craft fair, all dates are cancelled.  Isaac had a procedure on his spine early in February and has just been discharged from hospital with ongoing heart decease problems (29 February 2016).  Isaac and myself are truly sad that this has had to be cancelled.
















Spalted Beech

The pattern in the wood is caused by spalting,  after the tree falls to the ground, it picks up bacteria and fungal spore, these eat at the wood fibres and the lines of colour you can see are known as “Zone Lines” these come in many colours mainly black and brown.  These lines form barriers as the spores seek to protect the area they have occupied.  All of these bacteria and fungi need moisture to remain alive, so as the wood dry’s then they all die leaving a stunning pattern in the wood fibre.  When working the wood care must be taken not to inhale the dust from some of the spores, as this is very toxic.  Once dry and the item is finished then there is no danger whatsoever from the wood.





Wych Elm

The Elm, sometimes called Wych Elm when it has these colours through it and sometimes a greenish tinge to the figuring.

Lore and traditions of Wych Elm

Choose willow of the burn, choose hazel of the rock, choose alder of the bog, choose birch of the waterfall, choose ash of the shade, choose yew of the resilience, chose elm of the braes, choose oak of the sun. Given that alder, willow and elm do not make good firewood, this cannot be a memory-rhyme for gathering logs for the hearth. It has been suggested that it relates to a Highland tradition of nine sacred woods that kindled the druidical fires at Beltane and Hallowe’en.  The magical properties of wych elm are suggested by the preference of magicians for wands made of its wood.



Laburnum (also called Golden Chain), They have yellow pea-flowers on pendulous branches, which makes them very popular garden trees.  They are native to the mountains of southern Europe.  Quite a rare wood in the UK, the heartwood is a dark chocolate brown with buttery yellow sapwood, all parts of the tree are poisonous and care must be taken when working the wood



This is an even mass of ripple grain running at right angles to the grain of the wood. This can be found in both white and coloured Ash.  This is often caused by the tree  having to grow in an un-natural direction causing compression in the wood.  This wood type is very rare.