Caucasian Elm cabinet

I was called by a chap with the unusual name of Tofer… “I am head gardner at this house just outside London” he said, “would you like to have part of an unusual elm tree that has just come down in the gales”.

“Maybe” I said, knowing that there are elm trees and there are elm trees.

“This one is unusual because it probably went in during the planting done here by Capability Brown in the 1700s”.

So I got my skates on and went up to see it. What happened was that about a third of the tree was on the ground. It was a odd tree as it grew like Yew, with several stems.
“Caucasian Elm is like Cherrywood but with the working characteristics of rosewood.”


Caucasian Elm is used by the Japanese for temples I later learned. A bit like Cherrywood but with the working characteristics of rosewood. None of this I knew but we took a punt and spent £2000 on moving the tree very carefully so as not to damage the lawn. A company more used to moving sculptures than trees did the job. Then cutting and stacking cost another grand. We did use odd bits of it over the years but i wanted to make something really special.
“would you like some furniture? I have some cracking timber that was grown in your grounds ”

This particular house is famous for the collection of the works of one of my great heroes Robert Adam. I wanted to make a piece to add to that collection. So I called the owner “would you like some furniture? I have some cracking timber that was grown in your grounds.”,

“Certainly,” came the response, “we are committed for the next couple of years, but do get back to me.”.


So here we are. I made this lovely little cabinet to show what we can do with this lovely timber. Watch this space

3 thoughts on “Caucasian Elm cabinet

  1. Ethan Sincox

    Wonderful little cabinet!

    I love the idea of inlaying the crotch grain of the same wood into the top like that. Never occurred to me to use the same species of wood in the inlay, for some reason. Will have to ponder that…

    Am I right in figuring the dimensions on this to be fit for sitting on the top of a dresser? Sort of a men’s valet kind of thing?


    1. ffm Post author

      Hi Ethan
      Thank you for your kind regards, this is a very small cabinet, sent as ataster to the client to show what the wood is like Its about 30cm long, so tiny and very delicate.


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