Bud vase | Greta


An arching bud vase that lightens up a room, the Greta is reminiscent of rainbows and coastal arches eroded by the sea. Made from the point where a bud grows into a new branch, it will center your room with a natural shape and finish.



The inverse of the Marjory vase, this one uses the two branches as legs with the vase opening on top and is reminiscent of the arches and grottos left in eroding coastlines throughout the world. It is sturdy because of the width of the two legs so can handle relatively tall specimens. A bookcase would love to have one of these on it, I imagine, or maybe a small one on your desk to remind you to glance around and pick a small bit of foliage each week on your walk to work.

All of our products are made from pollarded wood taken from living trees. We are deeply dedicated to the sustainability of our planet, our products, and our business, so we choose to create products that don’t harm the environment they are sourced from. We can safely say that no trees were harmed in the making of this vase.

Because of the sustainable wood we use, the size, shape, and color of each Greta bud vase is variable, which ensures that you will always receive a completely unique vase to serve as a talking point in your home.

She needs no introduction, really. One of the most outspoken voices in modern ecological activism, and almost certainly the youngest, Greta Thunberg has become a beacon for the generations whose futures have been stolen from them by unchecked capitalism. You can read her book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, or check out some of the others written about her.

Wood types available
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Oak (Quercus robur)
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Goat willow (Salix caprea)

Approximate sizes
Small: 10 cm (4 in) tall | 8 cm (3 in) wide | 5 cm (2 in) deep
Medium: 12 cm (5 in) tall | 10 cm (4 in) wide | 5 cm (2 in) deep
Large: 18 cm (7 in) tall | 15 cm (6 in) wide | 8 cm (3 in) deep

Important notes (read before buying)

  • This listing is for one (1) vase only.
  • All of our bud vases are for dried foliage only.
  • This item is made-to-order. Please allow up to 1 week for us to make your item and process your order.
  • Every item we make is entirely unique. All of our made-to-order products vary in shape, size, texture, color, etc. The product you see in the photo is just an example of the overall shape and size of the product you will receive.
  • Nature isn’t perfect. Cracks are common when working with green (undried) wood. We hope that you will appreciate the natural details of our products as much as we do, but, if you are looking for a perfect product with none of the natural beauty of imperfections, please look to the work of other makers that work in dried wood.

Functional and simple design mixed with ancient hand carving techniques allow our wooden wares to be both lightweight and incredibly strong at the same time. Over ten years in design has given Nick, our maker, a strong belief in always allowing the wood to speak for itself.

With each piece he examines and follows the grain as he works, keeping the unique bends and burls rather than tossing them out like most makers would. This means you receive a stronger and more beautiful item than you would from someone who just carves from straight-grained blanks. It also means that every piece is entirely unique, so what you see in the photo is exactly what you will receive in the mail.

Sustainably pollarded limb from West Cork, Ireland

Nick Kelly

Time taken to make
Small: 1 hour 20 minutes
Medium: 1 hour 40 minutes
Large: 2 hours

Hand-sanded to a soft, matte finish then oiled and polished with linseed oil and beeswax


Our customers are saying good things

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Lydia Colbert
December 6, 2020.
i love it i may buy more items soon real fast shipping
Eva Rees
December 5, 2020.
Beautifying my everyday objects with these handcrafted spoons. Brings me joy :) Thank you!
Gavin Evans
December 5, 2020.
Loved the items I bought from Oak and Jay. Beautifully carved spoons retaining the natural character of the wood. Nick was lovely to deal with - friendly and responsive. I’d buy something else from here again in a heartbeat.
Catherine Sanders
December 5, 2020.
Thank you, Nick.. the beautifully shaped coffee scoop is in daily use in our family kitchen. It was my great good fortune that you happened to be in my area when I ordered, so personal delivery from the maker himself was the highlight of my day!
Fran Ayres
December 5, 2020.
The delivery was speedy and my tiny wooden spoon was wrapped carefully and is beautiful. Thank you
Ewan Bell
December 5, 2020.
The two spoons I ordered are exactly as expected, received promptly and are an absolute joy to use.

How it was made

We strive to create closed-loop economies in our lives and in our business, so instead of throwing away the wood that is tough to work with, we take chances that other makers won't, and allow the unique bends and burls to become parts of our work that you will fall in love with.

You end up with a piece of work that no one else will ever have—no two pieces we make will ever be the same—and we get the joy and satisfaction of making something that will last a lifetime from wood that otherwise would have been left to turn back into soil.

Using only a hatchet, a few knives, and a vice, each piece of wood is split and carved while allowing the curves and knots of the wood to tell us what the wood would like to become. We don't keep sketches or draw our work on the wood before we start. Instead, we look at the grain and begin to work a rough shape out of the wood with an antique, Victorian hatchet.

We then, in the case of our spoons, shape a bowl using a hook knife and finish the back of the bowl and handle with a straight knife, leaving the faceting effect that comes from each stroke of the knife.

Our pieces are finished by soaking them in hot water, then wet sanding them down to a soft, matte finish. They are left to dry overnight, then coated with a food-safe linseed oil and beeswax mixture and left to soak overnight again, letting the oils penetrate and embed into the grain of the wood. We polish them the next morning, but never to a shine, because we believe that a piece of art should reflect the materials it is made from, and trees are not naturally shiny, straight, or perfect.

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100% recycled, recyclable, and home compostable packaging
We believe that plastic and fossil fuels are ruining our global environment, so we are doing everything we can to reduce our impact. We ship our items in 100% recycled padded paper mailers that can be either reused, home composted, or 100% recycled again.

We realize that fossil fuel use is necessary (at the moment) for an online business like ours to ship our products to our customers, but we are working hard to find shipping companies that are also dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment, and also hope to become a 100% local business, to sell only to customers within a certain distance from where we live so that we don't have to rely on shipping companies, cars, or aircraft to get our work to where it needs to go.

For our complete shipping policy and important details visit our shipping and returns page.


We gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations on products shipped via "Registered" post only.

Contact us within: 14 days of delivery
Return items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has dispatched

For our complete returns policy and important details visit our shipping and returns page.