Unique Australian Timber Jewellery by Minky Grant
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Types of Timber
Presently I have 55 types of Australian timbers. My favourites are the rare and endangered Tasmanian species. Huon Pine, King Billy Pine and Tasmanian Pencil Pine are the three timbers I prefer to work with. Huon Pine is a rich, smooth, creamy warm glowing timber. It grows approximately 1mm per year with the oldest dated trees exceeding 3000 years of age, making it among the longest-lived organisms on Earth. Today Huon Pine is salvaged from rivers and dams. I love King Billy Pine for its light weight and gentle shell pink tones. It may reach ages in excess of 1200 years old. Tasmanian Pencil Pine is a close relative of King Billy Pine but has wonderful swirls and stripes of pink and cream. It also lives for more than 1200 years.
Why do I use Timber for Making Jewellery?
There is something special about taking a piece of timber which could be hundreds of years old and giving it a new life by making it into something precious. Being part of nature we all share the same DNA, making timber perfect to wear.
Creating the Different Pieces
I look through my timbers and a piece will have features that stand out and speak to me, and a design will follow. I draw a design on the timber and saw it out. It is then modelled with carving tools before sanding through multiple grades of sandpaper to obtain a smooth silky surface. It is then proof sealed to protect the timber and retain the natural colour. The timber is then rubbed with a wax finish to a high sheen. This process can take many hours. In some cases stones can be set in or handmade sterling silver embellishments attached using rivets and tiny screws – not glued. Each piece is hallmarked.
Selecting a Piece of Timber Jewellery
As timber is natural and we are part of nature it is important to choose a piece that harmonises with your natural skin and hair colouring. The warmth and neutral qualities of timber will complement the wearer perfectly.
Dead Finish Timber
Dead Finish is an extremely hardy plant and some people believe that its name simply means that this plant can survive longest through severe droughts. This piece was selected for the markings resembling the human eye. When I was doing the final polish, I discovered at the bottom an inclusion where a little creature had lived for many, many years. This is what makes this piece so special. When you wear this piece you will find it often in your hands while you appreciate the smoothness and the texture.