The Maker


maker I specialised [note tense] in incised CALLIGRAPHY on wood. The process involved burning with a hot knib and is called 'ardentia verba'. The results are permanent and do not wash off. The inscription was sufficiently deep to enable the lettering or other art work to be infilled with a contrasting colour. Most of my calligraphy was on SYCAMORE, the wood predominantly featured elsewhere on this website, but I also used beech, cherry, apple, and birch among others. As far as I know I was the only person doing such work - there's probably a reason for that!

I used to turn a lot of wooden bowls - see image at left! but I don't anymore. For these I used mostly green [unseasoned] timber, especially apple which nowadays, apart from firewood, has no commercial use. Those who are curious might be interested in ‘What Became of Kilvert's Pips’ a narrative photo-adventure into the realms of GREEN TREEN which gives a step by step guide on ‘How To Turn A Bowl From Green Apple.’ The images were taken to aleviate the tedium of turning my way through in excess of twenty tons of apple logs one year, culled from the appropriately named Newton's Farm in Herefordshire.


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