We have just collected some stunning new woodwork from Howard Moody. You can tell that he really loves the wood he collects, dries and uses. He works with this wonderful natural material turning it into sensuous, organic carvings redolent of seed pods, growing shoots and petals or maybe water eddying and swirling; the very forces that energise our appreciation of nature.
These pieces are unusually smooth and velvety to the touch and surprisingly light. Howard says he aims to enhance the beauty of the material with his carving and he certainly achieves this.
He prefers to obtain his wood from sustainable sources and has planted close to a thousand native species and fruit trees in the last ten years. He is often offered storm damaged or condemned trees and recycled timber to work with. In fact we have a very heavy piece of pear tree trunk awaiting his perusal. It would be lovely to think that part of it could be turned into magical wooden seed pod.
The pictures show Howard in his workshop with the work we have bought to Harlequin and piles of partly completed pots and bowls drying out and awaiting their final carving and oiling.