Holding A Mirror Up To Nature
In 1937 a five-hundred year-old oak tree was blown over in the county of Oxfordshire. The log, deemed to be the finest cut of oak seen for many years, was planked and stacked ready to be used to make something special in future years.
However, as time marched on oak was forgotten and became hidden beneath the bottom of a pile of other planks. Two generations of saw millers later, the timber was re-discovered during a retirement sale and was sold to Wheathills.
The inaugural piece has now been created from this oak. The design of the piece has been inspired by an ancient rick stone that stands in the grounds of Wheathills and which is of a similar age to the great Oak tree.
We believe the natural beauty of the raw material cannot be improved upon, so all the natural character and complex grain configuration has been completely conserved. 'Personally I have never seen such a section of timber that exhibits almost every cut of timber in one board, absolutely exquisite'. Nigel Heldreich.