A native Ash that had reached then end of its graceful life, valiant pillar in the hedgerow of his grandfathers farm began to show it’s age and so Max made a plan. A new purpose was envisioned, one that deconstructed the Ash into regular irregular elements. 131 sections of Ash, each careful cut to respect natural divisions within the structure such as knots, branches and crotches. A assemblage o f pieces suitable for what his Grandfather would call ‘general purpose’ such as a stool, table or chair were created.
The project became the focus of a key installation at this year’s London Design Festival, where Max took over part of Somerset House to pay homage to his Grandfather and his great ash tree. 1200 first editions of My Grandfather’s Tree were printed as supporting material to this installation, documenting the process from start to finish.