Hampson Woods


Hampson Woods in Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms

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Proud to announce we made the April issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms.

We’ve always thought the boards look best standing upright – this was taken to the next level with this gargantuan shot!

The Paris Planes

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As much as we love the London plane, let’s not forget its wide use in la belle ville, Paris.

This leaning avenue and pollarded plane stand in le parc de Belleville, in the 2oth arondissement. Parisiens refer to them simply as “platane”.

It’s the same species as the london plane, and was first recorded in Spain in the C17th. The plane tree is used in cities all over the world; its bark soaks up pollution and its broad branch and leaf spread provide much needed city shade (in mainland europe at least…….).

The London Planes

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The London Planes

In the spring of 2012, Hampson Woods introduced a new range of serving boards. Made from the London Plane tree, these boards bring a delicately crafted beauty into your home.

Plane trees come down often around London, and we work closely with an arborist who is able to collect and plank these towering giants of the city. We know the provenance of all of our pieces. Sometimes we have photos too.

Once in our hands, each part of the tree is considered, and the shapes of unmade pieces will start to reveal themselves. We rough-cut these pieces and allow for any future movement in the wood. Once we have ascertained the integrity of each piece, we then start to whittle and carve, relating to the same lines that the tree itself chose to follow.

After all, could we better the design of a tree?

Only by considering, handling and patiently crafting in this way, can you hope to do justice to the beauty that lies within the grain of the finished piece. And you can tell.

Every one is different. And every one is loved – even before it finds a home.

In our woods

chopped-wood A lovely rainy day’s lumberjacking resulted in some sycamore and birch blanks for turning and prototyping. as you can see from the background, these woods need some thinning out!

Hampson Woods birch bowls coming soon….watch this space!