How shrapnel from WWII got into our Bases | London Plane Wood

We offer many of our bases in locally sourced London Plane wood. Each piece has been hand selected by Peter Bellerby and has a known story which is pretty special.

We recommend staining it quite dark as pictured, but the naturally light wood can be stained to your preference.

London plane is a tree ‘invented’ by the Victorians in Kew Gardens (oh weren’t they clever) by hybrid breeding species to enable the resulting variety to thrive in city environments (pollution and root compacting). The trees were originally planted in London’s Royal Parks, and subsequently found a home in New York both in parks and streets – as well as Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It is therefore not found naturally in woodlands, so it has a limited supply.

The UK had a glut of supply following the devastating (famously downplayed by the met office) storm of 1989, and then a further oversupply following the 2012 Olympics and the resulting clearance of Hackney Marshes. Our current supply comes from the clearance around Euston station to enable a new station to be built to house the HS2.

We have bough several of these trees in their entirety which is allowing us to have the wood dried to the correct size (allowing for some planing), thus reducing waste as well as allowing larger pieces of wood to make our bigger rotational bases from one piece. Amazingly some of this wood, which was planted in the early C20th contains pieces of shrapnel from WWII which embedded inside during The Blitz.

Some examples of London Plane Wood :

Lighter stain on a 36cm Albion – globe colour is Mint Cassini.

Darker stain on a 22cm Albion Desk Globe – colour is Blue Cassini

Darker and lighter stains on a London Plane Curve – the globe is 80cm in diameter in Glacial Blue and the base is handcrafted from many pieces of wood. The globe spins 360 degrees in a fluid motion by hand.

More views of an 80cm diameter Curve – this one is with a Glacial Blue globe as well – the last image also has a 22cm globe in it for size comparison

The MOON globe! 22cm diameter here – this also is available in 36cm.

A 127cm Churchill compared to a 22cm Mini Desk Globe – both bases in London Plane Wood.

A 36cm Albion desktop globe – Cobalt (land-shaded)

A 50cm Albion desktop globe – colour is Glacial Blue

A 36cm Livingstone Desktop globe – Glacial Blue with a gloss finish –

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Bellerby & Co Globemakers

Bellerby & Co Globemakers; Creators of high quality, beautiful handmade world globes. Combining traditional techniques with pioneering design. Handcrafted terrestrial and celestial globes in London. We create models of many sizes and styles, and offer a bespoke service.

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