This handmade Pippy oak trestle table was commissioned by a client who had just completed an interesting building project. The completed building has a wonderful vaulted ceiling so in conjunction with the client we designed this table with the series of arches in mind. Altogether the end result has been greatly admired and future commissions have come as a result. The table top is particularly beautiful with a stunning array of little burrs known as pippy oak. English forests produce the finest pippy oak in the world. The open nature of our woodlands, hedgerows and parks allows easy light penetration which encourages ‘epicormic growth’ on the main trunks of the trees. These growths, which look like tumours on the outside, can sometimes consume the whole trunk, creating one big ball of burr. The growths penetrate deep into the heart wood of the tree and when cut perpendicularly to the direction of travel, they appear as cat’s paws or patches of burr on the board.