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Elmley Chest

The four panels of this driftwood chest are carved to depict four different birds which will be familiar to any regular visitors to the Swale-side saltmarshes: a pair of avocets; a curlew; an oyster-catcher; and a cormorant drying its wings. The chest is named after Elmley nature reserve on Sheppey.
Suitable for use as a toy box, bench-seat or an occasional table, the chest is 24 inches high, 36 inches long and 15 inches deep.
The black parts of the relief carvings were achieved by scorching with a blow-torch, followed by careful paring with a carving gouge to reveal the lighter parts as necessary.