For The Love of Driftwood

For The Love of Driftwood

Jul 15, 2021

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 !

 

 

 

Trade Winds Gallery are delighted to be part of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) 250 Club. SAS is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life. We are really proud to support the work that they carry out, such as beach clean ups, education and campaigning, and look forward to continuing to be part of the positive change!

Milford On Sea, Hampshire

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Praa Sands, Cornwall

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