Collections: Dead Wood: Bringing life to dead wood

Dead Wood necklaces and bangles on the magadi salt lake. All pictures by Jonathan Glynn Smith.

Dead Wood necklaces and bangles on the magadi salt lake. All pictures by Jonathan Glynn Smith. 

“Dead wood is the term I use for wood that has naturally died – either because of age or because of wild game braking off branches as they play or in their search for food. I integrate the roughness of the wood in my bangles and necklaces by leaving some of the bark on and also cut the pieces in such a way that the different wood colors come to the surface and create a contrast.” I never cut of any living wood to create my “Dead Wood” items. Kenya’s nature is so beautiful and precious and it’s important to take care of it in a world where trees are being cut down systematically and our forests are decreasing in size on a daily basis. I find the dead wood in my home in the bush.”