For many years now we have been working in partnership with A Rocha UK a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to mobilising Christians and Churches in the UK to care for the environment. We have been making handcrafted plaques for Churches that qualify for an Eco Church Award.
These awards are made from recycled wood, either from church pews or donated timber in our workshop.
We put the wood through our machines to clean off any varnish, the wood is then cut into circles on the band saw and the edges finished on the disk sander. The plaques are then either passed on to one of the pyrography team or laser engraved.
Pyrography is the art of burning wood. We use a hot wire to burn the image into the wood and then add paint to the awards. This is highly detailed work and requires a steady hand.
The final process is to check over the awards, drill two holes for fixing to the wall and then apply the finish. We use exterior OSMO oil which is natural mix of hard waxes and oils. The double coating of oil and varnish protects the wood making the plaques suitable for outdoor or indoor display.
We know that the Churches who receive these Awards will appreciate not only the beautiful wood they they are made of but the craftpersonship, skills and talent that also goes in to them as well as the lives of vulnerable people that are transformed by the process and the partnership. We are so grateful to the A Rocha UK team and their members for choosing us to supply them with the awards. Built with love for the love of the planet.