I've been very busy during the latest Covid lockdown working on some new techniques and a series of new work.
The first in the series is made from a large single piece of Iroko about 2 feet wide. It would have been a massive tree! I've been staring at it in the garage for about 25 years wondering what to do with it. The wood came from the last barrel maker in the West Midlands (thomas Trevis Smith) who offered me any pieces of wood I wanted when he retired, and this piece has been with me ever since!
As it is such a well seasoned piece of wood, it is incredibly heavy and hard to work with.