When a tree falls somewhere around London, there is a good chance that Jonty Hampson and Sascha Gravenstein are in their dusty East London workshop sculpting it.
Jonty, a carpenter and cabinet maker, and Sascha, a fine artist with a focus on landscape and sculpture, are two friends who decided in 2012 to combine their talents. Their Hackney-based company, Hampson Woods, specializes in small-batch production serving boards and other wooden designs.
The first tree the couple used had been salvaged from London’s Russell Square. Hampson explains: “They are trees that have come down for a reason,” while Gravenstein adds: “We try to waste as little as we can. You could make thousands of things from one tree. They are so heavy and massive, trees have an enormous volume of wood. They just keep on giving.”
The shape of the boards has grown the more they worked on them. They vary from wide cuts to fine boards, each with the curved handle slightly leaning to one side. Every serving board comes with a label around its neck, explaining where the wood was sourced.
The curvy handled serving boards have been on my wish list for a while already, and I am very happy they've now hit the store! The Fine Store is their first stockist in The Netherlands. Shop them here.