Ash and Plumb (Barnaby Ash and Dru Plumb) work together from their South Downs woodturning studio in East Sussex, UK, crafting unique, one-off sculptural and functional vessels from responsibly sourced green (unseasoned) oak. They create work inherently linked to place, particularly around Sussex where their workshop is based. Here they source their materials, working predominantly with green Oak gleaned from trees that have fallen due to disease, decay or responsibly coppiced with a focus on timber unsuitable for commercial use.
The English Oak pendants from Ash & Plumb has been charred, wire brushed and scrubbed back before finishing with a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax then finally burnished and stitched with a Black Waxed Cotton Cord.
Each form is turned from green Oak and allowed to air dry over several weeks, as the wood dries the natural tensions within the tree cause the forms to warp and often crack naturally before patination, oiling and stitching to highlight the natural beauty of the imperfections.
Their work references ancient, often neolithic archeological forms discovered around Britain & Europe, translated into a contemporary visual language that conjures a sense of unexpected familiarity.