Pikestones I

Pikestones I, by wood artist Alexander de Vol, is a vessel which forms part of an ongoing investigation into the material properties of wood. This particular wooden object, with a scorched black finish, is informed by Alexander’s recent work in metals and ceramic. Alexander typically allows features indicative of the tree's origin to be given prominence – such as warping and unusual quirks or knots which present the maker with certain challenges. In the case of this object, Alexander has scorched and ebonised the wood to mimic the appearance of metal, thus producing a deliberately ambiguous, hand-carved, vessel made from a burled oak log.

Material: Oak, sumi ink, lacquer, wax
cm: Width 23cm, Depth 23cm, Height 22.5cm
inches: Width 9.1in, Depth 9.1in, Height 8.9in
Care Instructions: Dust with a dry cloth.


Turned and hollowed from a burled oak log on a lathe and hand-carved with chisels and carving knives. The vessel is then scorched black and ebonised with sumi ink, before being oiled and waxed to finish.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Artist & Designer - 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.