The Djouce – Wooden Keepsake Urn for Ashes

This vessel belongs to a collection of sculptural vessels designed and finished in 2020. The vessels were designed to carry some of the cremains of the departed and embody a spirit-like essence by their form. The combination of woods, their textures and characteristics reveal the hidden beauty of the material and we are hopeful that they will be a fitting tribute to the life lived.

Process: The main body of each vessel comes from fallen branches or trees from Wicklow, the so-called Garden of Ireland. Turned and hollowed they are set aside for a year and then returned to the lathe for further shaping and hollowing. Various woods are fitted and shaped to create the final form with small pieces of exotic wood and brass to accentuate the vessel. Finishing and polishing happen over a two week period where they are sanded, textured and French polished. Each vessel is mounted to a hand-sculpted pedestal and suspended with brass fittings.

Dimensions: 9 x 4.5 x 14.5 inches (L x W x H) Cubic capacity: 28 cubic inches


About the Artisan -

Odhrán - Woodturner / Sculptor

woodturner makes an urn on a lathe machine in a black and white image Odhrán, coming from a third-generation family of cabinet-makers, the smell, feel, and sounds of working with wood are an inherent part of his family’s life and very much in his blood.

  He did try to escape his calling but always returned to the material for the wealth of beauty it offers and to express creativity.

Odhrán sees the sheer beauty of trees, their inestimable contribution to our lives and success as a species, to their vital role in breathing life into our planet, he believes that our relationship and interdependence are unique.

  Similar to the Irish story, the story of trees is one of hardship and struggle, to survive and succeed against the harsh will of mother nature.

When faced with the task of designing and creating a piece Odrán is reminded of a debt of gratitude to this material and so each piece calls for the very best of his skills and respect for the material that was once a life too.

The Mountains and woods of Wicklow offer the fallen trees and branches which yield the majority of the wood used for these artistic vessels.

  Making use of veneers and retrieving small pieces of exotic wood from antiques and old disused instruments allow Odhrán to highlight the spectacular array of colours and textures in wood.

Designing and creating Urns in wood is an immense pleasure to him and Odrán understands that each piece must be as unique as the individual it represents.