This handcrafted hair fork is made from pale European Walnut with a deep Purpleheart wood centre.
European Walnut grows in south west Asia, Turkey and Europe. It has been used for many years in cabinet work and marquetry and provides some pretty tasty nuts. The wood to make this hair fork came from a very old tree in Bath that was cut down due to disease and rot. Many were sad to see it go. A tree surgeon friend kindly gave me some pieces that were destined to be burnt or thrown away in an effort to honour the life of such a Great tree.
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 white Oak grows in eastern Canada and America and is used in similar applications as Sapele. It is notably used in the traditional profession of cooperage which is the crafting of casks and barrels for wine and whisky. Both pieces had a previous life as offcuts from flooring that would have otherwise been thrown away or burnt.
This fork 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 fork 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.