Where do we source? How do we source? Why is the wood we choose so special?
Where do we source?
We source from all over the world, on our travels we keep our eyes open when near waterways for driftwood branch Y's.
How do we source?
We source all the driftwood ourselves. Most of it is found at the edges of water sources. Sometimes we come across broken branches or fallen trees. We call this wood driftwood too because we feel it captures the fact that all our wood is found in nature and has been naturally unattached from trees (storms, animals, other falling trees). We only collect wood from the ground and we only take what is needed. We also check that what we are taking isn't rotten as is often the case and it fit for purpose, i.e. has the 'Y' shape.
The picture is one of our collections of sea grape at La Sagesse Bay, Grenada. The wood on the ground is a mixtures of driftwood from the sea and wood which has fallen from the tree (which is mostly out of shot). If we have a camera with us we will always shoot a picture of where we found the wood . We can't always guarantee it make a great picture, so most are unpublished but we have them for our records.
Why is the wood we chose special?
The driftwood we chose to use cannot be brought - we want a very specific section the 'Y' or the 'crotch' of the wood. This section is where the grain of one branch separates out into two branches. It forms the most interesting and beautiful grain patterns and the best colours. It also makes every single pendant unique.
The images below show the Y sections of the driftwoods that we have used to shape our pendants out of. It shows the areas of the wood we have used outlined with the pendant shape and in some cases our references.
Through finding the driftwood ourselves we know exactly where we found it, when we found and if it's not too far from it's origin can often tell what type of tree it came from.
The pitfalls of using driftwood are that the sections which we think are the best are few and far between once you have found one that's the right size and not rotten. It's a time consuming part of the process but incredibly rewarding.
The driftwood used to make all the pendants on our website has been collected over at least a 10 year period. If possible we try to make pairs of pendants out of the driftwood so as little goes to waste as possible.