Well we are just back from another trip to Wales where we took the opportunity to collect some more driftwood.
It's amazing what you can find while scouring the beaches of Pembrokeshire - we've found a beacon sent out by an Arts Centre in the Irish Republic, one of hundreds released during a festival. We've also found half a dead cow (no pictures of this!). On the whole though it tends to be a really nice activity in itself and on our last visit we came across a couple of guys who had created a compass style map of GB about the size of half a football pitch, out of brooms. Really was amazing.
We tend to look for two different thicknesses of driftwood. A smaller size to be about as big as your finger which we use to go around picture frames and mirrors and which we also use to make dangles. We also look for larger or chunkier driftwood pieces, perhaps with a bit more character, which we generally tend to make into tealight or candle holders. We always look for clean driftwood with the smaller pieces well blanched white by the sun and sea. Once collected, all pieces are soaked in clean fresh water, well scrubbed and cleaned then checked for any unsound timber which is removed. The driftwood is then left in open cover for several weeks to dry out naturally. During the drying process I check and turn the driftwood regularly and finally before use it is checked again to ensure it is sound.
I'll post again soon during my next project to show how I make some of my projects but in the meantime here is a selection of what I've made before.
Any comments or questions welcome