For The Love of Driftwood
The Art of Beachcombing
I love beachcombing! Extraordinary treasures can be found along the seashore. You can let your imagination run wild with the journey they have had to reach the great British coastline!
What I have learnt recently is that beaches collect specific items due to the currents, geography and offshore habitats. Our local beaches are great for mermaids purses, weathered rope and bits of old buoys, a little further along the coast is a treasure trove for driftwood .
See The World in a Piece of Driftwood
Driftwood is an art in itself. It is a little like a sculpture of the world carved by the ocean. Some pieces you find are beautiful in themselves. After so much time drifting across oceans, they have turned into the smoothest of wood with a beautifully baked pale hue and swirls of darker shades. Some pieces are bizarrely knotted, as if they have been writhing across stormy seas for centuries.and can tell many a tale of pirates and pillage!
Crafting Art from Driftwood
Being able to transform driftwood into striking sculptures, ornaments or household objects is a craft that Dom from Cornwall is gifted with.
Dom lives on the stunning Cornish coastline above a little cove. He walks his dog along the beaches and finds driftwood and other washed up treasures ( rubbish that others have thrown away) which he transforms into useable works of art. Dom creates beautiful clocks using driftwood and colourful pieces of washed up buoys, mirrors surrounded by weathered wood and the most splendid wooden spoons -each one unique and created for the perfect stir!
From Sea Debris to Family Heirloom
My favourite in the gallery at the moment is the carefully crafted child’s chair – ti would make the most wonderful christening or birthday present for a little person – one that would become a family heirloom. Along with the chair, Do has also created some stools which tell their own story !