Mark Hanvey is a woodturner and furniture maker from Co. Down. Mark has been working with wood for over 35 years, both at the lathe and the bench. His work embodies a deep respect for the material which he loves, as he strives to connect with the purist elements of wood. His work can be found in both public and private collections in Ireland and abroad, including the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.
Graft 1 is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland collection. This piece is made from sycamore, turned green (unseasoned), left to dry and then a twig from a different tree is cut into the side wall. Mark has taken some creative licence imagining how the timber of two different species of tree would grow if they were grafted at the sapling stage, much like an apple tree would be joined with a root stock. The piece was turned to a fine wall thickness and then left to dry where the natural tensions in the timber pull and contort to realise the final form.
Further information about Mark and his work can be found at www.markhanvey.co.uk