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Matt Jones

I am fascinated by trees. They are among the most complex natural structures on earth. As a woodturner I am equally fascinated by the material of trees: wood. Wood is flexible, breathable and of infinite use to humans. Infact the history of mankind is intrinsically linked to the tree. In early human soceitys the tree provided food, shelter and heat. The earliest vessels were made of wood. It is this form that I choose as my subject. I turn very thin vessels from green or wet timber.
I choose the parts of the tree that may include knots, pith, bark inclusions and stress wood. These are the sections of a tree most often regarded as waste by the timber industry and yet they contain the most colour and a vitality that is beautiful.

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