Although this wood has the same name as our Native Oak it differs in being altered by an invasive fungal pathogen, Fistulina hepatica, which invades the roots of the genus (mostly the English or European Oak) which, in turn leads to alterations in the plant, most notably turning the wood a darker brown and encouraging rot further up. Brown Oaks are easy to identify because they become waterlogged and rot, thus making the trunks snap.
This particular specimen was grown on a farm in Honiton, East Devon, whereupon it collapsed in the bad weather of 2020. It was then cut into suitable pieces and dried out. The fungus dies when the wood dries out so remains usable.
The toolhead is recycled from an old tool whose handle broke so it has been cleaned and given, as described a new handle
The wood has been turned to our own specifications which are safe, easy to use, don’t hurt the wrist or arm. It has been sanded and treated with wood wax to seal and prevent any damage so it should last another 20 years