Triodos Bank UK asked me to carve them an owl to celebrate 25 years of being based in Bristol.
The timbers used are a bit special: the body is carved from Lawson Cypress (also known as Port Orford cedar) and the feet from linden (lime) wood, both of which grew in the Ashton Court estate on the edge of the city. It’s a place very dear to many Bristolians.
The eyes and talons are greenheart, a tough wood which originally formed the top of the nineteenth-century lock gates that led into the city’s harbour. When they were renewed a few years ago, I was given this timber.
The beak came from a garden in the Lockleaze area of the city, where some my relations used to live. The oak perch is reclaimed locally-grown timber too.