This handcrafted hair pin is made from lustrous Black Walnut, honey coloured Cherry with bark detail and Holly wood. A small piece of strengthening Oak has also been revealed through the holly towards the top of the pin giving an unusual detail. The top of the pin features Cherry bark.
Holly is a very familiar tree for most of us. The timber is a very pale white and grey colour. It is typically used for inlays and furniture for it's pale colour. Holly has many traditions and uses among ancient european cultures.
American Black Walnut grows in Canada and Northern America. It is a prized wood for cabinetmaking and provides some pretty tasty nuts. This hair pin has been made from wood that would have otherwise been thrown away or burnt.
Favoured by furniture makers Cherry wood is hard and strong with a beautiful golden honey tone. The tree is an important food source for Blackbirds, Song Thrush's and mammals such as the badger, wood mouse, yellow necked mouse and dormouse. Bees make their way to these beautiful trees in the spring for their abundant flower blossoms. This piece was taken from a Cherry near Bath that lost a large limb in a winter storm in 2015.
This pin is finished with natural herb and resin oil and Nutshell wax. The products are eco friendly and non toxic, blending selected beeswax, Larch oil and essential oils to give your hair pin years of protection. It also uses no VOC's, formaldehyde or petrochemicals.
We are always striving to improve our processes environmentally. Hand tools are used over power tools where possible and sanding etc. is kept to a minimum.