We have saved this ancient tree for the nation and are now seeking donations in order to start fabrication of the table.
All of the challenges and uncertainties associated with The Fenland Black Oak Project to date have been spectacularly overcome and a charitable organisation has been set up to protect the ‘not for profit’ ethos of the project and to establish appropriate use of The Jubilee Oak.
The trustees are now looking to raise a total of £200,000 to enable the fabrication of the table.
The costs of fabrication are split almost exactly half and half between the Black Oak top and the bronze understructure. There are of course unique costs associated with the unprecedented length and weight of these planks, for example it will require 5 individuals to manhandle each of the planks at every stage of the construction. We will be breaking new ground and there will be many interesting challenges to be overcome including instances where we will have to adapt and construct specialist equipment to facilitate the planing and jointing of these unique planks.
Clearly there is a finite supply of Black Oak buried beneath the peat and Fenland land owners will testify that it's definitely in decline. Black Oak has many important and unique characteristics, in particular its visual impact and the potential for objects made with it to evoke a sense of wonder.
For more information about how you can support the project please contact Hamish Low.
You can also make a donation at our Just Giving page.
All the successes of the project to date are due entirely to the skill, dedication and commitment of a host of individuals and companies, local, national and international who have so generously given sponsorship, goods, services and time.
They have shared the vision and embraced the unique creative opportunity to preserve this ancient tree.
We thank them all.
Adamson and Low. Tim Edmunds. Peter and Clare Shropshire. John and Trish Shropshire. Mark J D Adamson Ltd. Peter Simpson. Len Conway. The Worshipful Company Of Carpenters. Sackville Oak Frames. The Building Crafts College. QEST. Martin Hammond. Malco Freight. ACF Tele-handlers. Mauro Dell’Orco. Stephen Cook. Tomas Carter. Logosol. Medite Smartply-Coillte. Character Communications Ltd. Robert Underdown. John Goddard. Daniel Watney. Rooff Ltd. Canon Stephen Bourne. Ann King. Dr Martin Bridge (University College London). David Brown (Queens University Belfast). Halden-Riddiford Ltd. Jessica Creswell. Sheila Woolham. Nick Hobbs. Lis Every. Phillip Southgate Design. Caroline Russell. James Ryan. Timberlink international. Mrs Patricia Davenport. Steve Whitmore. James and Davina Harvey. Andrew Roberts. Michael Tyler. Morgan & Co (Strood) Ltd. SCM Woodworking Technology. Festool. Mrs Ann King.
OUr Trustee board
Mr Peter Shropshire, Mr Hamish Low, Mr Leonard Conway, Mr Peter Simpson, Mr Tim Edmunds