This handcrafted hair fork is made from Laburnum, Purpleheart and American Black Walnut. It is a clean simple design. Laburnum and Purpleheart pins are laminated with Black walnut and strengthened with brass pins, one of which shines from the inner edge. The Laburnum is a deep dark yellow with very fine dark brown grain. This is a stylish, strong and unique fork.
Laburnum wood is a stunning wood found in southern Europe and here in the UK. Prized by furniture makers and luthiers this beautiful deep grained wood is often used for veneers. It is one of the few woods we have in the UK that feels and behaves like rosewood. Cross cut sections of this wood called 'oysters' have been used to make furniture for centuries. A stunning tree and a gorgeous wood, it never fails to impress. This piece was salvaged from a very old tree that had fallen in a storm in 2012. I've saved as much of the old dear as I could and I can't wait to see what further wonders lie beneath the bark.
Purpleheart is a very strong wood from south America. This piece was left over from a local carpentry workshop. It is one of my favourite woods to work with. Sapele Mahogany comes from West, Central and East Africa.  It is often used in furniture and cabinet making and as a veneer for marquetry. It is also used in the construction of musical instruments, for building boats and as a flooring material.
American Black Walnut grows in Canada and Northern America.  It is a prized wood for cabinetmaking and provides some pretty tasty nuts.  The hair pin has been made from wood that would have otherwise been thrown away or burnt.
14.5 cm Long
3.2 cm Wide
This pin is finished with Nutshell wax.  The product is eco friendly and non toxic, blending selected beeswax, Larch oil and essential oils to give your hairpin 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.

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