©2019 by Driftwood Shaper Ltd.

THE DESIGN

Hand Sculpted Driftwood Pendants

HANDMADE IN THE UK

Each of our pendant's is handcrafted in house by the 'Driftwood Shaper' from driftwood, personally collected, and each is the culmination of 30 plus hours of work. The pendant is therefore, untouched by another human from collection through making until you receive it. 

Each pendant is slightly different due to the type of tree branch fork came from and the wood grain within the branch fork. The location within the section branch fork also changes to fit around any visible defects.

ONE OF A KIND - INVENTORY OF ONE

Although all our driftwood starts it’s shaping journey from our template. From here depending on how the driftwood responds each pendant becomes just that little bit different in shape. The sectioned branch “Y” is collected from a tree that has left where it lived its life and has traveled. Sometimes we get two but mostly one finished pendant from each “Y”.
For most people this is the first time they have seen a "Y" wood grain section and we see this as growth in two directions and a natural place of strength.
For us, this is what is unique about raw material and for others they also associate with the collection location. We know that we can’t purchase from a supplier we have to collect it ourselves. So from collecting the driftwood to the finished pendant and its packaging, it is handled just by us.
Each pendant is different and unique and one of a kind.

MADE WITH LIFE IN MIND

Our pendants have been specifically designed to withstand the knocks and wear and tear often experienced when on a journey and every day drops and knocks. Furthermore, the pendant has a 'solid' design as this also makes it stronger and shows more of the wood grain.
Where you go and what you do, your pendant should be able to go. Comfortable to stay on you day after day for years and all love a swim in the sea.   
A common belief in Maori culture is that the spirit of the wearer of the pendant is adopted by it and enriched by their adventures and journeys.

MADE WITH MEANING

We have taken our inspiration from hei matau, which is a stylised fish hook from New Zealand. In the Maori culture the shape signifies abundance and plenty, strength, determination and for catching good luck and energy for the wearer.


The tree branch fork or Y shaped section is the toughest part of the branch as the wood grain interlocks at this point. It is also the origin of growth and development for the tree. The hei matau driftwood pendant combines the stylised fish hook shape with a material that also has a meaning.  


The Maori fish hook also resembles the Maori respect for and connection to the sea with a safe journey over it. 
In keeping with this respect we only harvest the branch forks or "Y" sections from driftwood and never from a living tree.

THE JOURNEY

The wood we use, driftwood, has had its own story. It has traveled, lived another life and this captured in its wood grain. The pendant is also created out of what generates the growth of a tree - the 'Y' section of branches.  It is also the strongest, toughest and densest part of a branch. Along with the symbolism of the pendant design it is a perfect travel companion.

 

EVOLUTION TO USING BRANCH FORKS

 
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BROKEN BONE HEI MATAU PENDANT

This was the first pendant I made on the 18th Aug 2006 at Bone Idle at Barrytown, West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. It was made from beef bone but again broke when dropped on the floor.

Hard and tough with the ability to withstand everywhere a human decides to journey was my material selection criteria. Both the greenstone and bone had failed with a brittle fracture.

Making my Hei Matau Pendant at Bone Idle

BROKEN GREENSTONE HEI MATAU PENDANT

This was my first greenstone hei matau pendant I purchased. I dropped on the floor and broke. I was "gutted", as it had captured years of my travel experiences, emotions and memories. It was to continue no more with my journeys


This same experience has happened to so many people with greenstone pendants.

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BRANCH FORK TOUGHNESS

This material journey led to me wood and in particular driftwood and in particular the branch fork. Branch forks have a wood grain beauty of their own.


The wood at a branch fork has about five times greater fracture energy (toughness) than the wood of side apex, stem middle, and branches. In addition it has approximately 20% greater density {1}. These qualities made this a natural choice.   

{1} Fracture properties of green wood formed within the forks of hazel by Seray Özden, Duncan Slater and Roland Ennos