As the festive season beckons, The New Craftsmen will be bringing you Little Tales of Great Beauty; a deep exploration of the stories and inspirations behind our Makers and their new collections, to reveal and celebrate the innate beauty of their work.
Over the next few weeks, The New Craftsmen has invited makers to bring each tale to life through literary quotes, poetry and prose. Each collection will be paired with an evocative quote selected by the makers; bringing both object and words together to tell a tale of great beauty.
Tale Four: Precious Objects
A new collection of sculptural pieces from Alexander de Vol alongside Joe Hogan and Olivia Walker, highlight an extraordinary level of craftsmanship and exceptional use of materials.
Inspired by the work of George Nakashima, Alexander de Vol's elegant vessels are made from unseasoned wood from trees that are recently felled and high in moisture. Once turned by Alexander, the wood morphs into a new organic shape as it dries, resulting in a truly unique object sculpted collaboratively by both maker and material.
'The tree’s fate rests with the woodworker. In hundreds of years its lively juices have nurtured its unique substance. A graining, a subtle colouring, an aura, a presence will exist this once, never to reappear. It is to catch this moment, to identify with this presence, to find this fleeting relationship, to capture its spirit, which challenges the woodworker.’
The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker's Reflections, George Nakashima, 1981
Explore our new collection of Precious Objects below.