Carved in a simple but elegant form, this piece captures the boundary of the sap and heart woods of the Wych Elm branch that the pendant began it's life as.
The piece is smooth as stone and incredibly light for its size, making it very comfortable to wear. Since the wood is hand-carved and due to the variable grain patterns found in wood, this is a one of a kind item. I have chosen a resin finish for a strong, durable coating that takes a high gloss.
Please note the price is for the pendant only. For an additional £4.00 you can add a sterling silver diamond cut curb chain or a leather cord with a handmade clasp by clicking here: https://www.commonmarket.scot/en/listings/432479-upgrade-add-a-silver-chain-or-a-leather-cord
The piece comes in a matt black presentation box with a small leaflet explaining a little of the history, uses and folklore surrounding the wood.
Wych Elm is the only elm native to Britain, although it is rarer now due to Dutch elm disease. It is found growing in rocky woodlands and near streams and ditches in its natural habitat but was a popular choice for parks and streets. This wood was taken from the dropped branch of a healthy tree.
In folklore the Elm is often associated with faeries, death and the underworld but “wych” does not refer to witches, rather to the pliancy of the wood.
The wood is easy to bend and finds use in the construction of boxes, baskets and furniture. It is a common wood for making shinty and hockey sticks, often having a suitable natural shape to it and where that is lacking the wood can be bent to shape.
If you can’t find an item in the shop made from a wood that you have a particular connection with, or there is something you would like made, please feel free to contact me and I’m sure I can sort something out for you.