The One Tree project, which sees the repurposing of a dying ash tree from Sheridan Coakley’s garden, into a range of different objects, by Max Bainbridge, Poppy Booth, Oscar Coakley, Sebastian Cox, Sarah Kay, Matthew Hilton, Peter Marigold, Moe Redish, Wilkinson & Rivera, and Faye Toogood. It’s a project that puts a spotlight on wood: how we grow it, use it, and secure its future. The One Tree project seeks to create one-off objects of beauty, which will both retain the carbon from the tree and give new material life to something which would have otherwise disappeared.
The tree was felled in April 2022, and all of the participants came for a day to help cut, select and remove the pieces of wood. Sebastian Cox, a furniture maker and timber fanatic, used his mobile sawmill to plank branches and stems of the tree with his colleague Moe Redish. Everyone was given a choice of either taking a whole section of the tree, or selecting and cutting boards for use. The tree, which was not grown specifically for use as timber, was full of beautiful imperfections, which would have made it undesirable to a commercial sawmill, but quite attractive to the creative spirits involved.
The One Tree project seeks to create one-off objects of beauty, which will both retain the carbon from the tree and give new material life to something which would have otherwise disappeared.
A range of different objects are being made for this project, including a love seat, a sculpture, a wall hung medicine cabinet, a number of different tables, stools, a bench, a light, vessels, bowls and even some pieces in glass. Further information about specific objects will be provided closer to the launch.
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