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Cricket trophy
Cricket trophy for Framlingham College. Guide price £60 - £70
Cricket trophy
Cricket trophy for Framlingham College. Guide price £60 - £70
Cricket trophy
Cricket trophy for Hazelwood School. Guide price £60 - £70
4 July 2018

3 cricket trophies for Framlingham College and Hazelwood School. Oustanding U11 bowler and 1sts bowler, and most Improved Senior Cricketer

More on cricket trophies.

Sports trophy plate
Sycamore platter before any pyrography
Sports trophy plate
Sycamore platter with pyrographed inscriptions. Guide price £50 - £60

Cricket trophy plate

4 July 2018

Before and after inscription added to a 12" sycamore plate. The engraving plaques were requested by the customer - they are not actually fixed in place in the picture.

More sports trophies.

House sign
Primary school trophy in olive ash. Guide price £60 - £70

Primary

4 July 2018

A trophy commissioned by Carol McKenzie in Aberdeen, presented to her school on her retirement after 21 years at Kingsford primary school. She had been heavily involved in literacy work at school over the years.

The trophy is in olive ash, with some unusual spalting and burr in the base. The book on the lectern has the inscription "Presented to an outstanding primary 3 pupil by Mrs Carole McKenzie, class teacher 1997 - 2018".

More English trophies.

House sign
Robin Cottage house sign, pyrographed and painted. Guide price £30 -£40

House sign

10 June 2018

An oak house sign, 9 inches diameter, made for my sister's cottage. Designed for hanging outdoors, the writing and the robin are carved into the wood and painted. The whole sign has then been given three coats of Osmo oil finish.

More on this house sign.

Yarn bowl
Yarn bowls for holding knitting in progress.

Yarn bowls

10 June 2018

Three different designs for yarn bowls - for holding a ball of wool and knitting needles. One is in ash, the other two in spalted beech.

More on yarn bowls.

Hollow wooden eggs
Hollow eggs in spalted beech. Freestanding, with a small base flattened out on the bottom of the eggs. Both sold - guide price £25 - £30.

Egg boxes

28 May 2018

Two more hollow eggs, about 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide, both in spalted beech. One has a set of 8 pairs of rare earth magnets inset into the rims, which give a tight closure to the box. The other is a standard friction fit.

More on boxes and eggs.

General Knowledge trophy
Science trophy for the department of cell and molecular biology at St Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis Tennessee.

General knowledge

17 May 2018

Another book on a lectern trophy, this time for Jason at Broomfield House in Kew. It is to be awarded to the winner of the general knowledge competition, with engraving plaques to be added to the plinth.

The trophy is about 7 inches in diameter, and about 10 inches tall.

More on school trophies.

science trophy
Science trophy for the department of cell and molecular biology at St Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis Tennessee.

Scientific trophy

16 May 2018

Another microscope trophy in burr oak, this time for Ryan at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, St Jude's Children's hospital, Memphis Tennessee.

The trophy is about 6 inches in diameter, and about 10 inches tall.

More on science trophies.

Hollow eggs
Four hollow wooden eggs in Bubinga, Spalted beech and olive ash.

Hollow eggs

15 May 2018

Four eggs. Experimenting with form and shape for Ben, these eggs are about 5 inches tall, are hollowed out, and have a push fit opening. In woodturning terms they are "boxes" .

More about these eggs.

Sessile oak
A fine specimen of Sessile oak at Castle Howard Arboretum

Sessile oak

5 May 2018

Following a visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard, I have been updating the Woodland section of this site, which includes pictures of trees I have seen growing around the country. There is a page about the Yorkshire Arboretum, and also about Antony House Woodland Garden in Cornwall. There is also a page about burrs (when they are still on the tree).

Ryedale Woodturners
Ryedale Woodturners pyrographed platter

Ryedale Woodturners

19 April 2018

A pyrographed platter advertising our local woodturning club - Ryedale Woodturners. The club meets monthly at Snainton Village Hall, and always welcomes guests and new members to enjoy a woodturning demonstration, usually by a well known professional turner or a visitor from another club. More on pyrographed platter.

More about Ryedale Woodturners.

English literature trophy
Sixth Form English trophy in olive ash

Literature trophy

18 April 2018

Jo commissioned a large trophy awarded for excellence in Sixth Form English literature. Made on request from olive ash, this stands about 10 inches tall, on an 8 inch diamter plinth. A small enamel pin badge provided by Jo was added.

Finished to a high polish with carnauba wax.

Have a look at more English trophies.

Square bowl
Square ash bowl with wings
Square bowl
Square ash bowl with wings

Square, winged bowl in ash - from the top and underneath

23 March 2018

A square ash bowl, with corners folded down as can be seen in the photos. Finished in oil and beeswax. Why not have a look at a gallery of bowls

Olive ash bowl
Olive ash bowl with knots and holes

Olive ash bowl

23 March 2018

An eleven inch diameter burr olive ash bowl. Simple in shape, with the knots and holes mixing with the olive ash grain in the middle to create a very appealing unique piece of woodturning.

Finished in oil and beeswax.

Have a look at a gallery of bowls.

Wooden bud vase
Bud vase with small alder cones
Wooden bud vase
Bud vase with sprigs of winter heather

Bud vases with alder and heather

20 March 2018

Two small bud vases, displaying small cones of alder, and a few fresh sprigs of winter heather. These are about 4 inches high, in sycamore and spalted beech, and are finished with a high sheen carnauba wax polish.

A gallery of bud vases

Tea light holders
A selection of tea light holders in spalted beech

Tea light holders

18 March 2018

A selection of tea light holders with brass-plated inserts. These are made from spalted beech, and are about 3 inches in diameter, and from 2 to 4 inches tall. They work best in trios, of small, medium and large height.

More about these tea light holders.
Tea light/candle holder gallery.

Hand made Easter bunnies
Samples of turned wooden bunnies.

Four Easter bunnies

15 March 2018

Four little Easter bunnies have popped up. Made from yew with African blackwood eyes and nose, leather ears, and wiry whiskers, just in time for Easter. They are about 3 inches tall, and are the latest creation from Dan.

More about these Easter bunnies.

Hand made acorn trophy
12 small pegs as samples for a potential art project.

A dozen pegs

9 March 2018

Twelve small pegs about the size of golf tees, made for an artist who is exploring a sculpture with maybe 200 such small pegs. These are in ash or lime, and are simple experiments in shape and form to see what might appeal. Those that are coloured have had woodstain applied to them. All are designed to fit 6mm holes. OT115

Hand made acorn trophy
10 acorn trophies made for Tilhill forestry by Dan Fearnley

Acorn trophies

9 March 2018

Ten acorn trophies made for Tilhill Forestry. Spalted beech has been used in preference to oak for its strong pattern. 3 inch diameter acorns sit on a 4 inch diameter base, and the whole stands about 9 inches tall. Another collection made by my son Dan Fearnley, who recently joined the oldfern brand.

More about acorn trophies

6 March 2018

A message for Jane Pink, regarding you enquiry about pyrography techniques. Could you try again - I have tried to reply but I get an error every time I try to use your email address.

HP Sauce bottle in wood
A wooden HP Sauce bottle for a Derbyshire football club.

HP Sauce Bottle

26 February 2018

Don't ask me why, but Richard folllowed up his request for a champagne bottle with a slightly more everyday object - an HP Sauce bottle. As a result, here is a standard size bottle, based on the classic glass version of the product, in rippled ash with pyrographed labels.

 

More on this HP Sauce bottle & pyrography

Man of the Match trophy
A Man of the Match trophy for a Derbyshire football club.

Man of the Match

26 February 2018

Richard requested a Man of the Match trophy for his Foxes football club, in the shape of a champagne bottle. He also requested a stand to provide a flat surface for adding annual shields or plaques. The result is this pyrographed rippled ash bottle, resting on an olive ash stand, which has the bark retained on one edge.

More on this bottle trophy & sports trophies

Robin Hood's Bay
Pyrographed view of the Bay Hotel at Robin Hood's Bay.

Robin Hood's Bay

24 February 2018

A platter created as an example of landscape sketch work done for a pyrography demonstration at Snainton Woodworking Supplies on 24 February (it is now for sale). This is the Bay Hotel, the official end of the Coast to Coast walk, on the slipway at the bottom of the village.

More on this Robin Hood's Bay platter

Pyrography sampler
A large pyrography sampler created for a pyrography demonstration day.

Pyrography sampler

24 February 2018

A platter created as a pyrography sampler, made for a pyrography demonstration at Snainton Woodworking Supplies on 24 February 2018. The idea was to show some different lettering styles and sizes, and a little self-indulgent portrait work. Quite a large piece at 14 inches diameter. In sycamore, which gives the best surface and smoothness for detailed pyrography.

More about pyrography.

Maths trophy
A House Maths Champions trophy for Burford School.

House Maths

13 February 2018

Charlotte requested a pentagonal trophy to present annually to the House Maths Champions at her school. Made from rippled sycamore, with pyrographed inscriptions and school badge. The surface of the pentagon is flat, to allow small pentagonal shields to be added, marking the annual champions.

More on pentagon trophies & maths trophies

Turned wooden mice
Tured wooden mice peeping out of their box

Mice peeping

11 February 2018

Three mice peeping out of their box before being posted to Ian in Essex.

Turned in yew with blackwood eyes, leather ears and tail, and about 2 inches long (in the body, excluding the tail).

More about turned yew mice.

Hand made oak communion racks
Communion glass racks in solid oak

A pair of stacking communion trays

10 February 2018

A request from Jean for a pair of oak trays to hold 40 communion glasses each She wanted them to stack, so the handles are different sizes, and there are spacers on one tray to give clearance for the glasses.

More on communion trays..

Spinning tops
A collection of small spinning tops

Spinning tops

8 February 2018

A request from Ian in Essex for spinning tops, for his shop selling "products with a focus on quality, craftsmanship and sustainability".

The tops are made in a variety of timbers and sizes, all individual in their shape and spinning style.

These tops mark a doubling in the oldfern workforce - they were made by my son Dan.

More about these spinning tops.

Scout trophy
A collection of small spinning tops

Scouting trophy

28 January 2018

A request for a commemorative scouts trophy, in memory of Mark Soames. The disc is a lovely piece of olive ash, the base is ash. The front of the plinth was requested to be 2 inches high, to accommodate brass plaques to be added annually. A standard orienteering compass is fitted in the centre.

More about disc shaped trophies.

Memorial golf trophy
Tall memorial trophy for a golf club

Golf cup

21 January 2018

A request from Charles for a large memorial golf trophy has resulted in this tall cup. Standing at fourteen inches high, it is one of the larger trophies I have made.

In four parts and joined together with mortise and tenon, plus dowels, the whole is made from a single oak beam.

More about this memorial cup, cups generally, sports trophies and commemorative items.

Acorn gift
Salesperson of the Year trophy for Acorn distribution in Indianapolis

Acorn gift

14 January 2018

A request from Daryl for a Salesperson of the Year trophy resulted in this award being made. As the company it is for is called Acorn, it obviously is a suitable subject.

Both base and acorn are made from spalted beech, which gives the marked patterns in the wood. The trophy base is 5" diameter, the whole is 9" tall.
More on acorn trophies.

Music trophy
An inscribed plinth for a brass band figurine. Plinth is 3 inches wide, 5 inches tall.

Brass band trophy

4 January 2018

A brass band in Buxton had a delightful small brass trumpet player figure and wanted a plinth for him to sit on. Together these make a memorial trophy, to be awarded to the Players' Player of the Year, as the pyrographed inscription indicates. The base is made from 3" square spalted beech, rounded with pommels at the top, and resting on a small turned circular base.

More on music trophies and plinths.

Oak candle holders
Two sets of three candle holders, in oak with solid brass inserts

Oak candle trios

20 December 2017

Six oak candle holders commissioned by Heather, for her Christmas table, a slight adaptation of a design she suggested. They are made in two sets of 3, designed to hold dinner candles, and vary in height 2 inches, 3 inches and 4 inches, with a base diameter of about 3 inches. They have solid brass inserts.

More on candlesticks and tea light holders.

Oak school trophy
Oak disc awarded in memory of Davina Kirk for most commendations.
Oak vocational trophy
Award for the best Vocational Student 2017

Davina Kirk and Vocational Awards

20 December 2017

27 trophies for the annual Malton School senior celebration evening. Here are just a couple.

More in the 2017 trophy gallery

Geography trophy
Geography trophy - a globe on a square plinth in spalted beech.
Fox and geese game
Fox and geese game in oak presented as a maths prize

Geography trophy and Fox and geese

20 December 2017

Two more trophies for Malton School - a geography award and a maths puzzle given to the UK Maths Competition Best in School winner.

More in the 2017 trophy gallery

Turned yew snowmen
Snowman families and Christmas trees turned in yew. Woven jute scarves.
Turned yew snowmen
Snowman families and Christmas trees turned in yew. Woven jute scarves.

Christmas trees and snowpeople

18 December 2017

More small groups of Christmas ornaments - all turned from yew. Snowman, snowlady, snowgirl, snowboy.

More on snowmen figures

Poc poc
Poc poc figure from Abney and Teal.
Carved wooden pocpoc
Poc poc figure from Abney and Teal

Pocpoc

22 December 2017

My niece's little boy Frankie just loves Abney and Teal on TV, and in particular the Pocpocs. This one is carved from elm - no turning involved - and is about 3 inches high.

Rugby trophy
Rugby trophy for a junior rugby club in Lancashire

Rugby trophy

20 December 2017

Liz requested a rugby trophy to presented weekly. I suggested this design: a rugby ball on a kicking tee. The ball is turned in sycamore, the base is ash. Around the plinth five very appropriate words are inscribed: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship. I think the trophy is to be awarded weekly or monthly to the best player or contributor in the club (a junior club).
More on this rugby trophy and sports trophies.

Turned yew snowmen
Snowman families and Christmas trees turned in yew

Snowmen and families

4 December 2017

This group of snowmen flew off to Melanie for Christmas in Boylston, Massachusetts. There are four families each consisting of a snowman and snow woman, snow boy, snowgirl, and snowtoddler. At the back are Christmas trees. All turned in yew, with ebony and mahogany hats, and woven jute scarves. More on snow people.

Acorn gift
Acorn gift for a researcher at Sky Sports Rugby Union

Acorn gift

2 December 2017

Johnnie requested a leaving gift for a colleague, based upon acorn trophies seen elsewhere on this website. This one is turned in spalted beech, and has a somewhat cryptic inscription to the departing member of staff.

Acorns have a lot of symbolism, and can be used to the birth of ideas, the growth of mighty things from small beginnings, the hope of renewal. This is probably why they continue to prove popular.
More on acorn trophies.

Bud vases
Small bud vases on show at Ryedale Woodturners exhibition.
Woodturning exhibition
A selection of items on sale at Ryedale Woodturners exhibition. Some may still be for sale.

A few exhibits at Ryedale Woodturners show

25 November 2017

A selection of items at my woodturning club show. More from the turning exhibition.

Turned wooden mouse
Spalted beech mouse with matching box

Mouse and house

14 November 2017

A small mouse in front of his house, a lidded box made from the same spalted beech. He fits in snugly, if he curls up his tail. Leather eyes and tail, and African blackwood eyes.

Requested by Margaret for a Christmas present.

More on turned wooden mice.

Yew dishes
Three shallow dishes made from a single yew log.

Yew dishes

14 November 2017

Small dishes made from a yew log, retaining some of their natural bark around the rim. These are about 5 inches in diameter and a couple of inches high. They were made following a request from Margaret for a small bowl to put keys and coins in.

More on yew natural edge bowls.

Ball finial for summerhouse
Aged and worn ball finial in need of replacement.
Ball finial for summerhouse
Large oak ball finial - 6 inch diameter ball on an 11 inch base.

Ball finial in oak

8 November 2017

Richard asked for a ball finial to replace the rotted one on top of his summerhouse. An 18 cm diameter ball turned from 2 oak blocks, resting on a 27 cm base. Osmo oil finish. More on summerhouse finials.

Golf trophy in wood
Golf trophy based on a large driver

Golf pairs trophy

5 November 2017

Nigel asked if I could make a golf trophy based on a shortened wood. This one has the club carved from goncalo alves, an African blackwood handle, and an oak shaft. The plinth was made to a 2 inch depth to accommodate some engraving plaques at the rear. More on sports trophies.

Summerhouse finial
Ball finial for a summerhouse.

Ball finial

24 October 2017

Carol asked for a large ball finial for her summerhouse in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. This one is a six inch diameter, resting on a 10 inch diameter octagonal base. All in larch, left untreated ready for painting or staining.

More on summerhouse finials.

acorn trophy
Swimming trophy in the shape of an acorn.

Acorn trophy

24 October 2017

Andy in Auguerstertal, Switzerland, requested a trophy in the shape of an acorn on a circular plinth. This one is made from spalted beech. The acorn is 4 inches in diameter, the base 5 inches, and the whole trophy stands around 10 inches tall. It bears the inscription Baarbierians Open Water Swimming, and will be awarded by the Baarbierians club for swimming competitions in lakes surrounded by oak trees (hence the acorn). More on acorn trophies.

Turned wooden mice
Small mice turned from yew branches.

12 mice found in the shavings

20 October 2017

A dozen small mice found in my workshop amongst the shavings. As usual these are turned from yew branches, with African blackwood eyes and leather ears and tails. About 2 inches long. More on turned wooden mice.

Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter larch acorn on an 18 inch diameter ash base.
Summerhouse finial
Chris's summerhouse in Braunton, Devon, with the finial in place.

Summerhouse finial - acorn

18 October 2017

Chris sent me a photo of his summerhouse in Braunton, Devon. One of the largest bases I have been asked to do, with a 45 cm diameter. In larch and ash. More on summerhouse finials

Summerhouse finial
Circular wooden trophies with pyrographed inscriptions and enamel badge TR210

21 disc trophies for Malton School

18 October 2017

Into production mode in recent days, producing 21 circular oak trophies for Malton School's annual Celebration evening for their Key Stage 3 students. Each has the winner's name pyrographed on, and an enamel school badge. More on disc trophies

Cricket trophy
Young cricketer of the Year individual trophy. In ash, with the ball in padauk. TR211
House Cup turned from wood.
House cup turned from horse chestnut. TR212

Young cricketer and House Cup trophies

10 October 2017

A Young Cricketer of the Year trophy turned from ash and padauk, and a House Cup in horse chestnut, presented to the student with the most housepoints in the year.
More on cricket trophies and trophy cups

Maths trophy
Fox and geese game presented as maths competition winners' prizes.

Fox and Geese maths trophies

18 October 2017

Two Fox and Geese pegboard games inscribed and presented as Maths trophies to the winners of the Junior and Intermediate maths challenge competitions at Malton School. Made from oak, with wooden golf tees used for the pegs. More on maths trophies

Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter larch acorn on a 10 inch diameter ash base.
Summerhouse finial
Peter's summerhouse office in Tamworth, Staffordshire, with the finial in place.

Summerhouse finial - acorn in situ

10 October 2017

Peter was kind enough to send me a photo of his summerhouse in Tamworth, with the finial I made installed and painted to match the house. The summerhouse is used as an office, when Peter is not looking out of the windows!
More on summerhouse finials

orienteering trophy
A pair of orienteering trophies for Claro orienteering club, based around Harrogate.

Orienteering trophies

27 September2017

Linda requested two trophies for the Claro club orienteering league, based around the Harrogate area. These have the now standard features of a central orienteering compass, inscription, and a plinth for adding engraving plaques. About 8 inches in diameter, made from olive ash. More on orienteering trophies.

Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter larch acorn on a 9 inch diameter larch base.
Summerhouse finial
Ian's summerhouse in Oundle, Northamptonshire, with the finial in place.

Summerhouse finial - acorn in situ

25 September 2017

'Tis the season for summerhouses! Another finial, this one for Ian in Oundle. Larch, 9" diameter and about 12" tall. Ian sent me a picture of it in place. More on summerhouse finials

Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter larch acorn on a 12 inch diameter ash base.
Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter ball on a 9 inch diameter octagonal base.

Summerhouse finial - acorn in situ

September 2017

Max sent me a picture of his finial sitting on top of a fine example of a summerhouse. The hope is that it will weather to the same grey tones as the cedar roof shingles. More on summerhouse finials

Acorn finial
An acorn finial for a summerhouse in

Acorn finial

6 August 2017

Peter requested an acorn finial on a ten inch diameter base, with some specific requirements for grooves on the base to enable it to fit comfortably on his summerhouse. The acorn is larch and the base is ash. The finial was provided unfinished, due to be stained to match the summerhouse.

More on acorn finials

Summerhouse finial
A 5 inch diameter larch acorn on a 12 inch diameter ash base.
Summerhouse finial
TA 5 inch diameter ball on a 9 inch diameter octagonal base.

Summerhouse finial - acorn stained to match

5 August 2017

A fniial for a summerhoue in Surrey. The owner, Colin, was kind enough to send a picture. More on summerhouse finials

More news from

We are increasingly producing items for sale as well as bespoke items made to order. A number of our more popular items are available from stock. Eventually we will have a simple click and pay marketplace shop online. For now, here is a selection of items currently available. Simply email your request and you should receive your order within 3-4 days.

For those looking for the gardening news updates, it is still available from the Garden News Index or the Gardening tab on the menu at the top of the page.

Olive ash box
Small box in beautiful olive ash - from the centre of the ash tree. Friction fitting lid.
Olive ash box
The box is hollowed out to follow the outside shape. A small rim provides the friction fit.

Olive ash box

Olive ash box

Size: 3 x 5"

Hollowed box with a friction fit.

High sheen finish in carnauba wax.

£25

Wooden pens
Wooden pens in different woods are always available. Presentation boxes with inscriptions can be provided.

Wooden slimline pens

Wooden pens

Slimline twist action pens.

From top to bottom:

Elm £10, Bocote £12, Ebony £14

Black pen bag £1

Presentation boxes, inscribed with a dedication if required, are also available.
Mice and cheeseboard
Polished yew cheeseboard or food platter, with or without matching mice in yew

Yew mice on a yew cheeseboard or food platter

Mice

In yew and leather with ebony eyes.

£7 each.

Cheeseboard

15 x 6"

Polished yew.

£30

Ash winged bowl
A bowl turned from ash, with corner wings shaped

Square ash bowl

Square winged ash bowl

Size 9 x 9"

Ash, with dark ash stripes and knot

Carnauba wax finish.

£40

Yarn bowl
A yarn bowl or knitting bowl, for holding a ball of wool and needles.

Yarn bowl - for knitters

Yarn Bowl

9 x 5"

Spalted beech

Carnauba wax finish

For holding a ball of wool, and knitting needles.

£40

Yarn bowl
A yarn bowl or knitting bowl, for holding a ball of wool and needles.

Yarn bowls - for knitters

Yarn bowl

9 x 5"

Spalted beech

Carnauba wax finish

For holding a ball of wool, and knitting needles.

£40

Spinning tops
Spinning tops in a variety of woods are always available

Spinning tops

Spinning tops

Size: 3 x 4"

Oak, oak, spalted beech, purple heart, lime

Carnauba wax finish

£5 each

Turned wooden box
Wooden box with friction fit lid
Turned wooden box
Wooden box hollowed inside to follow the outside profile

Hollowed box

Small box

Size: 4 x 5"

Sycamore

Friction fit

£20

Coloured wooden bowl
An ash bowl with colour, the grain picked out in gold

Coloured bowl

Coloured bowl

Size: 5.5 x 2.5"

Stained and grained ash

£25

 

Bud vase
Tall and slim bud vase

Tall bud vase

Bud vase

Size: 3 x 7"

Spalted beech

Carnauba wax finish

£25

More items for sale will appear soon on the oldfern marketplace page.