Surrey Hills Wood Fair regret to make the following event amendment "for reasons beyond our control, we very much regret that Collective Spirit cannot be presented at the WoodFair as previously advertised".
Collective Spirit is a living archive of people's stories and lives, a 30ft vessel made from donated wooden items. From February to July 2011 the public donated their wood to the project but not just any old wood. Pencil or piano – exotic as Zebrawood or as familiar as pine every piece had a story behind it.
Donations arrived in their thousands, from the highly personal to pieces of national importance, donations of wooden items including a tiny piece of the Mary Rose, a sliver of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, a salad server in the shape of a spanner, a plank from the London 2012 Velodrome, several hockey sticks and a Victorian policeman’s truncheon! All of these donations have now been used to build a state-of-the-art seafaring yacht named Collective Spirit.
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