Cut and carved completely by hand in the heart of Scotland, the wood is from a branch I found while on holiday in April ‘16. The distinctive black lines of spalting contrast with the pale wood of the Birch tree in this glossy, smooth, lightweight pendant necklace. There are some incredible mottled patterns all over the pendant but I have designed it to fall with the most black spalting lines facing the front.
The pendant was finished with a resin coating, for water and wear resistance before being polished to a high gloss and topped off with a sterling silver bail loop.
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 black lines and other discolouration in the piece (spalting) in this piece has occurred due to colonisation by a fungus before the wood had a chance to actually rot.
The pale wood of the Birch is used in a variety of woodworking applications and the tree itself has a long list of other uses (principally from the bark) that include basket making, glue making and tinder. Birch also had a place in Celtic folk medicine. It is one of the sacred trees of the Druids and the symbolic Celtic meaning of the birch tree is Growth, Renewal, Stability, Initiation and Adaptability.
Birch is widely abundant throughout Scotland. It is a pioneer tree, taking root first where clearance or fire has made room for it and the tree thrives in the harsh landscape and climate of Scotland’s north.
Due to the natural variability of wood and because everything we do is completely handmade, all of The Conker Trees products are completely unique in appearance.
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.