Driftwood UK supply sculpture to Alan Tichmarsh’s Love Your Garden TV Show

Driftwood for Love Your Garden

When we were approached by the producers of ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden TV show, we were more than happy to help out.

The show, produced by Spun Gold TV has just started its second series on ITV airing on Tuesday nights at 8pm.

We were approached back in April when the designers and construction team had specified a driftwood sculpture for a garden they were building for a lady whose son is confined to his bed and wheelchair. She would like him to be able to be with her in the garden whilst she works but was unable to take him out because of access problems.

A producer from the show visited our driftwood warehouse in Guildford (Surrey) looking for a  piece that would lie horizontally and be about 1.5 – 2m long.

We had quite a selection that were suitable and he eventually picked out a piece which we happily donated.

The show was aired last night. You can see the driftwood sculpture we supplied laying behind the chairs.

Driftwood donation for Love Your Garden

Driftwood Art And Where To Get Driftwood

Driftwood has many qualities that makes it ideal to work with when creating art.

  • It is natural which ticks the boxes for those wanting to be eco-friendly.Driftwood Harp
  • It is malleable and can be shaped through carving, sanding or cutting
  • It is unique as every piece of driftwood is different in shape, size and colour
  • It is hard wearing as after many months or years floating around in the sea it has become hardened by the salt and is unaffected by the effects of extreme wind, rain or temperature.
  • Each piece will have unique colouring and graining depending on the type of wood it is
  • With very little maintenance, a driftwood sculpture can last a lifetime

But the most attractive quality that driftwood has is that it can be free. That is if you can find it.

Driftwood gets washed up onto the shore in most coastal regions in some degree or other. There are a few areas such as the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, that get so much of it that it is considered a nuisance by many. Often beaches become so covered by driftwood to make it impossible to walk along.

But on the vast majority of coastlines, driftwood is quite scarce. To find it in any great volume would take a lot of effort. For one, as easily as driftwood is washed up, it can be swept out to sea again on the next tide. You have to be a regular visitor to the coast at the right times to find it. The best times are following high winds and storms. It’s those types of conditions that tend to bring the larger pieces into the shore.

Of course, if you’re looking for driftwood with which to create some art, or just to decorate your home or garden, we have the largest selection of driftwood in the UK.

Browse through our online driftwood shop and driftwood galleries or contact us to arrange to view our stock at our warehouse in Guildford, Surrey.

 

Driftwood Sculptures

The term sculpture is normally applied to an art form where a sculptor manipulates or carves, welds, molds, casts or assembles a wide variety of materials.

Although this description still applies to driftwood, the term ‘driftwood sculpture’ is also used to describe pieces of wood washed up onto the shores by the rolling waves of the oceans that aren’t changed by human hands.

These pieces of driftwood often stand alone but can be mounted like the examples below to produce stunning features for indoors as well as outside.

Perhaps the term sculpture is used in appreciation of the work carried out by mother nature in producing each piece.

As well as the largest stock of untreated driftwood (as it was when we found it washed up on the shores of New Zealand’s South Island) in the UK, we also have a huge selection of driftwood sculptures.

Again some of these are as we found them but mounted, or simply particularly stunning pieces that we apply the term sculpture to. We also have a large selection of what you would call more traditional sculptures where the driftwood has been meticulously and patiently refurbished by hand to produce absolutely stunning  pieces of natural art that stand out in any private or public place, both inside and out. These sculptures make wonderful gifts, especially 5th wedding anniversary gifts which are traditionally made of wood.

Many of our driftwood sculptures are available to buy directly from our online driftwood shop. Why not have a browse.

Our stock of driftwood is available to view (by appointment) between 9:30 and 5:00 Tuesday to Sunday.

If you have any particular requirements, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.


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Enormous Driftwood Tree Washed Up

We though that we had some pretty big pieces of driftwood until we saw this piece washed up in 2010 onto the beach in Washington State on the west coast of the US.

At more than 200ft in length and almost 30ft around it’s trunk, we certainly won’t be adding it to our stock.

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Driftwood Displays

Driftwood is used in all sorts of ways to help theme an area or as a feature.

We have recently acquired some beautiful driftwood sculptures that were previously used as features in the DNA Nightclub (now called Le Chic).Driftwood Features

Three of the sculptures were attached to the wall behind the bar as shown in this picture. Click on the image to see a larger version where you can get an impression on the size and beauty of the sculptures.

These sculptures are now available to buy either as a set or individually.

Click on the individual images to see the full size versions or click ‘More Info’ for details of size and cost.

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Displays using driftwood

Our driftwood is often used to enhance shop and window displays.

This can be on a rental basis for short-term displays or outright purchase, although feedback from our clients suggests that their customers often ask to buy the display driftwood along with the goods they are displaying.

See how The White Company used our driftwood in their 2013 beachwear display in their flagship store in Chelsea’s Sloane Square.

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Here are other examples of how driftwood can be used in shop window displays to great effect.

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As the UK’s largest suppliers of driftwood with upwards of 10 tonnes of driftwood in stock at any one time, you can be sure to find some stunning, natural and unique driftwood pieces  for your display.

Contact us for further information.

Driftwooduk supplies Kirstie’s Vintage Home

DriftwoodUK were pleased to be able to supply the makers of Channel 4′s Kirstie’s Vintage Home with some driftwood for their show.

In the series of three episodes Kirstie Allsopp looks to the past for inspiration to rescue homeowners and their unloved and cluttered homes.

By showing families how to ditch their ‘throw out and spend’ ways, Kirstie inspires them to ‘make do and mend’, introducing them, and viewers, to a whole host of new crafts, skills and techniques for interior decoration in the process.

In the picture promoting the new show below, you can just make out the piece of driftwood that we supplied for use as a door handle. We’ve had many curious requests for driftwood but this was one of the most unusual. But if you see the show we’re sure you will agree that it works very well.

As we always say, the uses that can be put to a piece of driftwood are only limited by our imaginations.

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Driftwood – the perfect 5th wedding anniversary gift

The tradition of giving a specific gift on a particular wedding anniversary dates back to the Middle Ages.

The gift theme associated with a couples fifth wedding anniversary is ‘wood’.Horned Mythological Creature

Having a theme to follow is sometimes a help when deciding what to buy your partner, especially if it falls close to other present giving dates such as Christmas and birthdays. But coming up with an original wooden gift isn’t easy.

The one wooden gift that is always unique is a gift of driftwood. With driftwood pieces being used to create  picture and mirror frames, tables, chairs, table lamps and any number of both indoor and outdoor sculptures of all shapes and sizes, there is something to suit any home, garden or patio.

Take a look at our online driftwood shop for ideas on what you could buy for your partner.

Unfortunately we can’t take  a picture of all our pieces, so if you can’t see what you are looking for in our gallery, visit our warehouse near Guildford and you’ll be sure to find what you want amongst the hundreds of driftwood sculptures we have in stock.

Contact us for more information or if you would like to commission us to create you something particular from our driftwood.

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Our stock of driftwood is regularly being replenished with new deliveries from the South Islands of New Zealand. With the largest selection available in the United Kingdom, you will always be able to find the piece you are looking for.  As driftwood is crafted by nature and not man, you can be sure that the pieces you take away are completely unique.

As a generalisation, we categorise our stock into two types of driftwood sculpture:

  1. Sections of branches, parts of trunks or multiple and single roots that have become separated from trees through natural causes such as landslides, earthquakes and storms and then tossed around in the oceans before being thrown up on the shore. Either self-standing or mounted on stone, the twisted nature of these pieces create eye-catching features in the home, garden or office.
  2. Large driftwood pieces which are too big to mount, can, by their their size and presence alone, make grand focal points in almost any situation you can place them.

Looking for a unique, eco-friendly gift for that someone special that will last forever? Driftwood is your answer.

Visit our driftwood shop where we sell a selection of sculptures that have been stripped by hand, oiled, waxed and then mounted to create beautiful works of art

Browse through our galleries to see examples of driftwood sculptures available from our warehouse near Guildford. With many hundreds of pieces, we couldn’t possible display individual pictures of each sculpture, so if you can’t see what you want in out galleries, visit us by appointment and pick out the sculpture that is right for you.

Garden Driftwood

Driftwood Fence

Driftwood looks more at home in the natural environment of a garden, than anywhere else. With each piece being unique in shape and colour, but entirely natural, with a little imagination, driftwood can light up a garden.

Larger driftwood sculptures can become the centrepiece of a garden feature, or used to grow plants in. Smaller pieces can be used as water features, or simply placed in amongst the bedding plants.

Having already degraded whilst being battered by the ocean waves, driftwood is hard wearing and will outlast any treated wood. Unaffected by the weather, driftwood is as natural a feature as you could add to any garden, requiring no upkeep whatsoever.

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