Wood carvings on display

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A JAPANESE wooden nymph and carved animals from West Africa are among the items on display in Horsham Museum’s latest exhibition.

The Seeing the Wood collection, which opened on Thursday January 12 to March 10, is inspired by the passion of a collector who 200 years ago brought together 750 wood samples from across the world to create a wooden archive.

As well as a diverse range of items from across the globe, the exhibition also includes simpler every-day objects which were used around for house, such as cooking and cleaning utensils, to sporting equipment and even books.

The pieces will be housed in the 16th century timber framed room which holds the museums furniture display, including 17th century oak chairs, a Swedish livery globe, veneered clocks and French oak mullioned frames.

Today thanks to flat pack furniture that uses wood, but in a highly degraded way – pulped, pressed, bonded and then with a printed paper effect - we get little sense of the true quality of wood.

Thanks to local man Stephen Knight, Horsham museum will offer the public a chance to experience the polished, gnarled and scented woods which we rarely ever get to see.

Also on show until March 10 is photography by Horsham Rugby player Toby Phillips.

‘Portraits made by Nature’ is a mixture of revealing photographs of Horsham rugby players and Brighton landscapes.

Copies of the Horsham Rugby Football Club calendar are on sale at the museum throughout January with all proceeds going to the Everyman Cancer Charity.