Forest and Found, Scorched Chestnut Vessel
Scorched Chestnut Vessel from Forest and Found.
Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth sourced the chestnut wood for this deeply blackened vessel from a felled tree discovered in an urban forest outside of London.
This piece was lathe turned and chiseled before being torch charred to emphasize the swirling pool of hand chiseled grooves that decorate the surface of the piece.
The final work was hand-oiled to illuminate the natural warmth of the chestnut.
Through gesture of the maker and interaction with the natural, the wood's distinctive elements are elevated and transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual — canvases that conjure both the meditative and monumental.
Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth source their natural materials from urban and rural landscapes in and around the UK and use fire, earth, water and hand tools to shape the wood and build subtle shifts in color on the surface of each piece. Their exploration of the living tree is rooted in the physicality of the embodied vessel and carved object. These organic vessels provoke thought and dialogue around landscape, material, process and ritual.
Measures 14.5" tall x 11.25" diameter.
One of a kind. Handcrafted in England.