The Suzanne vase is reminiscent of the trunk of a tree, tall and slender. It is made from a single branch, and lends itself well to being filled with single, light, interesting specimens. Two or three together, especially of varying sizes, are a great way to cycle through whatever is in bloom in your garden or in your local park.
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 Suzanne bud vase is variable, which ensures that you will always receive a completely unique vase to serve as a talking point in your home.
Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia and in the Radiolab episode, From Tree to Shining Tree, she describes how she discovered that trees can actually communicate with and share resources between one another. That was where we first learned that a dying tree will pass on its nutrients to the young trees on the forest floor beneath it through pathways of symbiotic fungi.
The fungi borrow vital sugars that only the tree can provide through photosynthesis and in exchange they give the tree trace minerals that only the fungi can provide through chemically mining the rocks beneath the soil. There are countless other revelations in the episode (and Suzanne also has a book about the topic coming out soon), but that was the one that likely began our obsession with nature and our desire to start living in a way which did not destroy it.
Wood types available
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Oak (Quercus robur)
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Goat willow (Salix caprea)
Small: 8 cm (3 in) tall | 2 cm (1 in) wide | 2 cm (1 in) deep
Medium: 13 cm (5 in) tall | 3 cm (1.5 in) wide | 3 cm (1.5 in) deep
Large: 18 cm (7 in) tall | 4 cm (2 in) wide | 4 cm (2 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
Time taken to make
Small: 20 minutes
Medium: 40 minutes
Large: 1 hour
Hand-sanded to a soft, matte finish then oiled and polished with linseed oil and beeswax