Saturday, 10 October 2009
Wych Elm Published
The hardback 'Wych Elm' has been published alongside the opening of the exhibition.
It describes the ecological and cultural history of Ulma glabra, the Wych or Scot's elm. Ravaged by Dutch elm disease but more resistant than field elms and hence still thriving in some of it's preferred cool habitats such as the Highlands and West coast of Scotland.
The second half of the book is a celebration of a 200 year old tree felled in Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It describes how it has been utilised by some of Scotland's cabinet makers in a series of commissioned pieces for the Wych Elm project and exhibition, and also features work by artists who have incorporated the timber in diverse ways into their work.