New altar at St Thomas’s

WE think our readers need a bit of good news – or at least something to admire and enjoy, so here is a picture of the elegant altar which Hindon furniture designer Matthew Burt and his team have made for Salisbury’s historic St Thomas’s Church.

The altar is made from tiger oak, an oak whose roots are being colonised by the beefsteak fungus Fistulina hepatica. This reacts with the naturally occurring tannins in the oak changing the normal honey coloured grain into streaks of warm rich and varied browns.

The theme of the altar is that “all things spring from one source,” radiating out as many individual staves, coalescing at the surface in a myriad of end-grain squares, each showing the narrative of its growth – a metaphor for individuals who come together to create a co-operating and coherent whole.

As so many businesses close, in response to the coronavirus, or find their customers no longer coming and orders cancelled, it is also heart-warming to report that Matthew and Celia have recently received a number of orders which will help to keep the workshops busy. Anyone wanting to visit should ring first, on 01747 820800 or email the business.