Thursday, 17 April 2014

Natural Tealights from two great Yorkshire Walks

Natural Wooden Tealight holders
The latest batch have been made from Hawthorn which was originally part of a hedgerow grown wild, in Dallowgill, Nidderdale, Yorkshire.

The picture shows the original Hawthorn branch next to one of the Mosaics from the famous ‘Crackpots Mosaic Trail.’ This is a great walk if you are in the area and have the time.

The walk around Dallowgill is made really interesting with 22 mosaics depicting local scenes and flora and fauna which might be encountered along the route. It was created as part of a community project to celebrate the designation of Nidderdale as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All the mosaics were made in 1997 by ‘The Crackpots’ of Kirkby Malzeard.

I walked it on 1st April 2013, with snow very thick on the ground and drifting in the high places! Very enjoyable but challenging to find all the mosaics in the snow! As I looked back at the photos before I wrote this piece, I was shocked as we’ve had no snow at all this year.

I love Hawthorn and was really excited to find such a large piece. This piece was slightly rotten, but this had caused beautiful spalting (patterns caused by fungus) to occur, making the wood even more beautiful.

When I have time, I hope to write several pieces about my favourite trees and wood, when I will say more about the beauty of Hawthorn! Watch this space…

Amongst this latest batch, are some tealights made of Ivy. This is unusual, as it’s hard to find pieces large enough.

The ones here come from the river gorge: part of a lovely walk in Knaresborough.

It takes in three of Tommy Cragg’s beautiful chainsaw sculptures, St Roberts Cave, the Chapel of our Lady of the Crag and some beautiful scenery. A very inspirational and easy-going walk, with plenty to see.

I hope you like the latest batch of Natural Tealights and that you find time to go on these stunning walks!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Oak Consult Commission

Oak Consult Commission by bod

bod recently completed a commission for Oak Consult. This consisted of several wall plaques based on their logo.

“Just had some amazing hand crafted Oak Consult keep sakes made for our clients. Justbod is an amazing artist and has worked his magic for us. Thanks bod!”

-       Mark Conway Managing Director Oak Consult 10/04/14

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ancient Origins

Ancient Origins Logo

 The Justbod team are really excited to be collaborating with Ancient Origins 

 - a great website with regular fascinating articles on History, Archaeology and our Origins.

- They are offering a chance to receive one of four of our products for FREE through active participation in the Ancient Origins community.

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Guardian hand sculpted Celtic wall plaque
 Two of the items available through the Ancient Origins Rewards System: 
Guardian & Uffington
Uffington hand sculpted wall plaque

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Sculpted Tealights

Hand sculpted tealight holders in Yew by bod
Sculpted Tealights are back in stock!

Hand carved by bod from air - dried yew - a wood associated with eternal life and rebirth.
Held sacred by our ancestors for their longevity and regeneration (drooping branches can form new trunks) they came to symbolise death and resurrection. 

Ankerwyke Yew
Ankerwyke Yew Source Wikipedia
They were also used extensively to make English longbows, due to the unique nature and difference between the sap and heart woods giving both elasticity and strength. 

Yew is an evergreen coniferous tree with highly poisonous leaves. They are often found in churchyards, with opinions as to why being to keep them away from livestock, or because the Church was built on a previously sacred site. 

Fortingall Yew
Source Wikipedia
The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland, is thought by some to be the oldest tree in Britain. Estimates on its age vary between 2000 and 5000 years old. 

The differing grain patterns of the pale sapwood and orangy heartwood, give bod's Sculpted Tealights a beautiful and unique appearance. 
Each one is handcarved in its own distinctive shape and personality. 

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Celtic knotwork wall art

I have always loved what is often referred to as Celtic Artwork, but in fact covers a long period of history. I imagine the roots of the art form are in the spirals and cup and ring markings left behind on the rocks and monuments by our Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors. Many speculations have been made as to their meanings, but we don’t know. What is beyond dispute is their strange beauty and their seeming ability to call on long asleep parts of ourselves.

Long may the enigma remain.

The Iron Age tribes, sometimes referred to as Celts, developed these spirals into an intricate art that expressed their wild and childlike souls, and covered their bodies and possessions, often in amazingly intricate and skilful detail.

Entrance to Newgrange, Co Meath

This language of knotwork and zoomorphic design saw further expression in Anglo-Saxon and Viking artwork, so, even though remaining distinct, it is still possible to trace common roots back to an unremembered past.
The beautifully illustrated Book Of Kells
- part of folio 114v.
When Christianity was established in Britain, the Celtic Monks wove their own versions of these amazing art forms into their beautifully illuminated manuscripts.
Enter the Guardian.

The design is taken from the Book of Kells, also known as the Book Of Columba which was created about 800 CE. It is currently on permanent display at Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland. Trinity College has also made a digital version of the entire book available to view online.

Guardian hand sculpted Celtic wall plaque
The very first prototype

Why named Guardian? Blame the Justbod team – I don’t know who started it, but (s)he was named early on, and the name seemed to stick. Protective, solid, dependable, loyal and strong – yes, it fits.

This was the first design where I tried to stretch techniques with metal that I first experimented with years ago, when I was making didgeridoos, to a new level. I have been more than pleased with the results. 

I hope you like the Guardian, in any one of his various guises, and whether (s)he becomes a gift for another or a gift for yourself, remember her inherent qualities. 

(S)he’ll always watch over you.


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Guardian Celtic wood carving
Hand carved Guardian in our 'Just Wood' Collection

Hand burnt / pyrographed Guardian Celtic wall plaque
Hand burnt Guardian in our 'Pale & Interesting' Collection

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I don't know if there's any truth to this picture, but we've had a lot of fun with it! bod's not happy since he found out his are Greek (I think he wanted to be Celtic.)


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