Irish hardwood forests were responsible for providing sanctuary and sustenance for the Irish population during some of the most turbulent periods of Irish history.
The security provided by the forests was also their undoing when in the 16th century, Queen Ann ordered a mass deforestation programme of Irish forests in order to teach the Irish a lesson and deprive them of one of the few places they could live in relative safety. During this period, Ireland was the breadbasket of the English Crown when it came to harvesting oak and Irish oak was revered throughout Europe for it's quality and was used extensively for building ships of the British Admiralty. Most of Ireland's ancient forests were destroyed during this period.
Thankfully a reforestation programme for broadleaf forests took place from the 18th century on and once again our forests are starting to thrive. We have a very active wood turning community in Ireland making most of the fallen trees that become casualties during some of our wilder winters.
Whiskey Craft have commissioned a professional Irish wood turner to design some unique native Irish hardwood barrel style tea light and pen holders. These unique pieces are replica barrels made from Irish oak. We also have a very limited amount of tea lights in Irish yew, another scarce tree type which provides some of the most beautiful mixed wood grain of any tree type and each piece is unique in it's own way. From the straight laced oak grain we are familiar with, to the lovely multi-coloured variances that show through in yew, each piece is turned by a craftsman to give that fallen tree a new lease of life and provide us with a piece of mother nature's beauty. We finish off this lovely item with a hand made embossed and stitched leather piece held in place by two vintage style metal studs. Lovely detail on a unique and quality item which would look at home in any setting.