I hear you. It's a very good question and it is important to what makes Slow Split so interesting, different and unique. I mentioned in an earlier post that I started carving not that long ago using wood from trees that had be felled. That worked out fine for a while but since that time, I have adapted and moved onto something quite a bit different. I am using what I am going to call reclaimed wood. What that basically means, is that the wood has been used before, either as flooring from a recently restored kitchen or maybe a beam that once supported someones front room. It could be from anywhere, and it could be any type of wood, but what's so great about it is that, before I even take a knife to it, it has a story bigger than your imagination. It could be some English Oak from a mid century property that housed an iconic member of parliament, or it could be some Beech from a funky 70's council building that has been knocked down to build something more 'modern'. The truth is, the possibilities of where this wood has been, for how long it's been there and why it has being taken out are endless.
Now obviously wood with such history and interest already isn't something you stumble upon every day. This wood is found, by digging deep and knowing where to look. As I am just starting out and don't yet know what to look for. However, I am fortunate enough to have found someone who helps me out with that. I go to an amazing reclamation yard in Bermondsey (just round the corner from where I do the Druid St. Market) called Lassco Ropewalk. They have the biggest selection of wood you could imagine and more, they have small pieces of parque flooring to big oak beams. I naturally opt for the smaller pieces, more manageable and take up less space, but it's always great to go down and see what it is that they have stumbled uppon recently.
Lassco Ropewalk isn't the only place that I get my wood from, now that so many of my friends and family know what I'm doing, if they are having any work done or know of any wood that is going to be thrown away or ever put into a fire! I get a text asking if I would like any of it. The answer is always yes, you can never have too much wood. Although saying that, I am slowly taking over my parents house (where I work from) with different pieces of wood, they are understanding but I have to try and keep things out the way as much as I can so that it keeps that way!
The great thing about wood is that if its treated right and looked after, it can last you a life time. So even if I'm not going to use every piece I have now, there will be a use for it in the future. I'm a big collected of 'things', never anything specific, just cool 'things'. I love car boots and charity shops because they tend to have the best 'things'. Recently I have moved on from the world of 'things' to something more specific. Wood is my new collection and I say, the more the merrier!