Ulmus & Fraxinus Table

Cyriaque Ambroise
Ulmus & Fraxinus Table by Cyriaque Ambroise is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. Cyriaque’s work is inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese cultures. This table was designed as a reflection on two tree species, which are set for extinction in Europe, elm and ash, due to a fungus spread by the global timber trade. It celebrates locally grown timber and the management of coppiced woods for their environmental benefits, encouraging biodiversity and creating a mosaic of habitats for wildlife. The table reflects the natural curvature of the wood and has five legs, an unusual number, like fingers on a hand. Cyriaque deliberately retains the cracks within the piece, as a reflection on the imperfect and living modestly. His meditative process involves only simple hand tools and results in highly individual pieces with strong character.

Material: Elm wood, ash, hammered brass
cm: Width 119cm, Depth 33cm, Height 41cm
inches: Width 46.9in, Depth 13in, Height 16.1in
Care Instructions: Wipe spills immediately with a clean damp cloth to avoid the chance of obvious marking. Always use protective mats for glasses or hot dishes. This item is intended for light use only. This table comes apart for shipping.


Cyriaque’s slow and measured technique allows nature to lead, following the grain of the wood and the natural forms. Utilising reclaimed elm along with ethically sourced ash and elm, he takes the time to make by hand, using simple hand tools. The table top is hand carved, hand planed and hand sawed using an old plane made in Sheffield, a Japanese chisel and a mallet. The legs are made from an ethically sourced elm log from Kent. Each one is squared with a carving axe on a homemade chopping block. Holes are drilled with a hand brace drill and the brass pieces are hand-sawed, filed and then textured with a round head hammer. The hammered brass will take on a ‘vert de gris’ patina over time. The back of the tabletop is scorched in a fire pit using the Japanese yakisugi technique before being finished in oil.
The Maker Cyriaque Ambroise Artist & Maker - London

Cyriaque Ambroise is a French artist who embraces the philosophy of simple living. He works between London, Paris and the Morvan Regional Natural Park in Burgundy, France. From his open-air studios, he creates unique objects and sculptural pieces, using natural materials, which he sources locally and ethically. Fallen branches and trunks, foraged in forests and parks constitute his main material, which he instinctively and rhythmically carves. As a tea enthusiast, Cyriaque is inspired by wabi-cha and creates a collection of objects dedicated to the Japanese ceremony every year, for the autumn equinox.