The bee eater was commissioned as a special gift to mark a long standing friendship and as a reminder of a recent holiday.
The design is derived from the European bee eater that typically nests in Southern Europe and North Africa. They are making more frequent visits here in the UK, a trend thought to be a consequence of the warming climate.
The bee eater was assembled in stages. Firstly a piece of sycamore was cut, stained and laminated back together to create a solid block of pale timber with bright blue pin stripes running through it. This was then brought together with the vibrant orange of yew.
African blackwood was introduced for the beak and stripe to provide the extraordinary contrast. Finally, the delicate yellow was added to the throat to complete the bee eater.