Artisan inspired by ancient forest

.Patrick Turk of Forest 2 Furniture  with his exhibition at Rufford craft Centre today

.Patrick Turk of Forest 2 Furniture with his exhibition at Rufford craft Centre today

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THE work of a cabinet maker who specialises in carving furniture from storm-damaged trees in the ancient woodlands of Sherwood Forest is now on show at Rufford Country Park.

Using the fallen trees that are more than 200 years old, Patrick Turk has created a unique collection of furniture which is now on display as part of the Forest2Furniture exhibition at Rufford Gallery until 8th May.

The exhibition of Patrick’s traditional English furniture, made from oak, sweet chestnut and yew sourced from woods in Sherwood Forest, range from side tables to dining tables and monks’ seats to marriage chests.

“All the trees used have fallen in recent storms or been damaged as a result of high winds,” said Patrick.

“Making them into furniture creates a lasting legacy for these noble trees.

“People like the idea of having a piece of furniture made from Sherwood Forest wood and it’s a great way of naturally managing existing woodland with minimal impact on the environment.

“And being able to see the tree in its natural environment in the forest, controlling the cutting, planking and drying phases through to the finale of the finished piece is a tremendous buzz that few artisans ever enjoy.”

Patrick also gives buyers a certificate of provenance, including a map of where the tree was that the wood came from and its location in relation to the Major Oak and Parliament Oak.

Diana Pasek-Atkinson, arts development officer at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We’re really excited to host an exhibition which has such strong local and historic connections.

“It combines trees planted as far back as the English Civil War with the skill and passion of generations of cabinet makers – Patrick uses his great grandfather’s tools.”

Rufford Gallery opens Tuesday to Sunday and all Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am to 5pm.

For further information about Patrick Turk’s work, log onto www.forest2furniture.co.uk.