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Richard Cranfield. Driftwood

@ Drifting Herons 

The abstract and tactile nature of driftwood is an infinite source of inspiration to me. Using driftwood, gathered locally from the beaches near my home in Devon, and other reclaimed materials, I aim to recycle and create beautiful and quirky sculptures, which move in simple and interesting ways. Each piece of driftwood is selected for its individuality, aesthetics and sculptural potential. The sculptures are then finished with beach finds, gathered along the tide line at low tide; fabric, luminous copper and tree bark add light, movement and texture.

Each individual piece of driftwood has an untold story and I am inspired by the romanticism of the journey it has taken before being revitalised and rejuvenated from functional.... to fun.


A Guiding Light

  

Drifting Herons is back in 2018 with its first boat sculpture. I will be interested where they go over the year? Will try and keep on the smaller size, as were getting rather large last year!
I am going to call my first sculpture this year ‘Guiding Light’ as I have made a patina copper cone which is the correct size for a tea light candle, or any other size candle that would fit.
All plastic’s I have used in the net and wooden bucket are collected off our local beaches! The base, hull and wheel house are all from the River Dart with the remainder collected off Blackpool Sands. The copper is from Cornwall.

Size: 38 cm Length, 27 cm High, 12 cm Width.

ADRG4277£145.00

DH Wistful Heron

 

Driftwood bird, base and fish from retired boat wrecks on the River Dart, Old Mill Creek & Galmpton Creek.

Patina copper for the wings, head crest and base of stand. Screwed Steel rods for leg and neck.

The bird has a movable body, neck and head parts so that you can change the appearance of the bird to suit your mood.

Height: 45.5cm Width: 30cm Depth: 30cm

ADRG3364£115.00

DH Free Spirit

A Gaff Rigged Cutter, Ready For Regatta.

This has definitely been my hardest and biggest challenge to date. Due to the weight of the copper sails sadly my first mast which I have to say was hard to find as it needed to be so tall snapped whilst I was doing the rigging. So it was back to the drawing board to decide how to have a driftwood mast but with the strength of steel. The outcome was to use a steel rod then drill holes in random pieces of driftwood and slide over the steel, and here we have a new mast.

The base collected off the River Dart is from an old Fairmile B motor launch used during the war off the South Coast of Devon, the edge has been covered with patina copper. The Hull and cabin were collected from up the Creek off the river Dart, with the remainder of driftwood from Blackpool Sands. The sails, flags and rudder are made with Patina copper. Copper wire is used for the rigging.

All our sculptures are cleaned (sterilised), dried, then preserved with a Renaissance Microcrystalline Wax Polish.

Length 70cm, Height 71cm, Width 9cm.

ADRG3641£175.00

DH Hauley Dartmouth

     

This driftwood sculpture is something I have wanted to do for a while. It is modelled on the Lower Ferry tug and float which offers a ferry service between Dartmouth and Kingswear.

The hull, wheel house, engine box and various objects were found off the River Dart. The float base and pillars were from Blackpool Sands Beach. There is also copper and steel in both tug and float.

The sizes include stand: - Height: 30cm Length: 26cm Width: 16cm

Records as early as 1365 show the use of the lower ferry.

Before 1867 the ferry used to be manned by 2 men with long oars. Then came the steam age so started the use of steam power to ferry the float loaded with horse and cart across the river.


 

ADRG3347£85.50

DH Prudence

    

 I was going to call this fishing boat “There’s Always Something Else To Do!” because sometimes family life takes over and makes it very difficult to do the things we want/need to do. At last, after stops and starts we are happy to have finished our new fishing boat.

Hull, wheelhouse and cabin were collected from a boat up the Creek! The remainder of driftwood and various washed up plastics have been collected from our local beaches.

The flag and rudder are made with Patina copper. Copper wire is used for the rigging.

The base collected off the River Dart is from an old Fairmile B motor launch used during the war off the South Coast of Devon, the edge has been covered with patina copper.

All our sculptures are cleaned (sterilised), dried, then preserved with a Renaissance Microcrystalline Wax Polish.

Length 40cm, Height 43cm, Width 20cm.

ADRG3671£175.00

Pugwash Tall Ship

This piece of driftwood was one of our first sculptures which started life with us as a tree! Then whilst looking at the sculpture it started to look more like the hull of a boat, so back to the workshop for a refit into a boat. This was how it has stayed for quite a while.

Now with our love for copper and chalk paint, again it was back to the workshop for a major refit/restore to the all new sculpture. So many hours have been put aside for this piece of driftwood I hope it has all been worth it.

This Lovely piece of wood for the hull came from our local beach after being washed up by the 17th February 2014 storms. The cabin and various other fixings were collected from the River Dart, these have all been washed using chalk paint, sanded then finished with a clear bee’s wax

The sails and flag have been coloured using Patina copper.

All our sculptures have been cleaned (sterilised), dried, then preserved with a Renaissance Microcrystalline Wax Polish.

40cm Length x 75cm Height x 10cm Width

Base of boat has been supported using a steel rod fixed to reclaimed Larch wood from the old Western Lady MV, a Fairmile B Motor Launch, built for the Admiralty in 1941 and commissioned in 1942 to work off the south coast during the war, edges finished with Patina Copper.

ADRG3278£75.00