This vase is probably a bit more standard in shape than Berry’s writing but suits him due to it being made from renewable hardwoods and without harming the tree it is made from. It would suit a coffee table next to a few stacks of books or work as a centerpiece on a dining table accompanied by some locally trimmed foliage.
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 Wendell bud vase is variable, which ensures that you will always receive a completely unique vase to serve as a talking point in your home.
Wendell Berry is a farmer, philosopher, and writer of fiction and non-fiction about our relationship with and dependency on the earth. The most recent collection of his work, The World-Ending Fire, is a deeply thoughtful read that will have you marveling at his poignant evaluations of society and awestruck that he wrote many of them fifty years ago (or more).
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 | 4 cm (2 in) wide | 4 cm (2 in) deep
Medium: 13 cm (5 in) tall | 6 cm (2.5 in) wide | 5 cm (2 in) deep
Large: 18 cm (7 in) tall | 9 cm (4 in) wide | 9 cm (4 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: 40 minutes
Medium: 1 hour
Large: 1 hour 20 minutes
Hand-sanded to a soft, matte finish then oiled and polished with linseed oil and beeswax
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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.
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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.