Carvers craft keepsakes from fallen ancient oak

Published date: 06 March 2014 |
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WOOD from a mighty ancient oak has been used to craft beautiful keepsakes.

Members of the North Wales and Borders branch of the British Woodcarvers Association have made love spoons and crosses using wood from the historic Pontfadog Oak.

In April last year, the Leader reported how the huge tree near Glyn Ceiriog had been brought crashing down in winds which reached up to 60mph across parts of Wrexham.

However, from that sad downfall, a happier event has flourished because the woodcarvers have created the keepsakes for St John’s Church in Pontfadog.

The association’s regional leader Eileen Walker of Treuddyn said: “We were approached to make the love spoons and crosses for the church specifically using the oak as it had such an important part in the history of Pontfadog.

“We were happy to oblige.

“The owners of the tree very kindly let us use the wood.

“The oak was absolutely huge so we only needed a small quantity of wood.

“It took us about two months to make 23 love spoons and 27 crosses, which we’ve now given to St John’s.

“We were so pleased to be involved. Our group does try to do things for the community.

“This also helps to promote the art of woodcarving, which is what we are all about.

“It is good to see something positive coming from the sad story which took place last year when the oak came down.”

The Rev Edward Yendall of St John’s Church said: “We would like to thank the association very much indeed for all their hard work which is greatly appreciated.”

The Pontfadog Oak had been growing since the reign of King Egbert in 802.

The 1,200-year-old sessile oak was even spared when Henry II had his men cut down Ceiriog Woods in 1165.

Last year conservationists were devastated by the news the tree, with a girth of 42ft 5in, had toppled.

l If anyone would like further details about the British Woodcarvers Association, contact Mrs Walker on 01352 770706.

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