Giant Shook Metallic Calceiform

Alexander de Vol
Giant Shook Metallic Calceiform is a footed, decorative vessel by Alexander de Vol. Continuing an ongoing investigation into the material properties of green wood, this long, bulb-like piece has been hand-carved and left with a jagged rim to convey the natural curvature of the tree’s trunk. Sourcing his wood from ecologically felled trees, Alexander has created a fascinating collection of work, exclusively for The New Craftsmen, which incorporates the unique quirks and natural features of ancient British hardwoods. This elegant vessel proudly displays a prominent crack caused by shocks to the tree over its lifespan. Thinly carved walls allow for natural warping as the piece dries, encouraging organic, asymmetric form.

Material: English Ash tree, wax, metallic lustre
cm: Width 26cm, Depth 26cm, Height 44cm
inches: Width 10.2in, Depth 10.2in, Height 17.3in
Care Instructions: Careful when handling, clean with a dry cloth
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Having obtained wood from a recently felled English Ash tree, Alexander turns and hand-carves his piece whilst the material is still in a moisture-rich state. After scorching with a flame torch, wax is then applied to enhance the deep, inky black finish and a subtle metallic lustre adds soft sheen. The vessel's thin walls encourage the wood to warp naturally as it dries. Unlike the uniform trees farmed for furniture timber, wild trees grow organically with dramatic and unpredictable features. Alexander embraces these elements, allowing the arising challenges, and opportunities, to heavily inform his work.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Wood Artist - North West England

Alexander de Vol is a designer, artist and maker whose work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal into other materials. Alexander uses a mix of traditional casting methods and new technologies to document the natural behavior and movement of the vessels which he crafts from 'green wood', while taking care to preserve the features he feels are aesthetically synonymous with the material's origin. Alongside his artistic practice, Alexander lectures in design at the University of Central Lancashire and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Burberry’s Makers House in London.