The dark oak endgrain tiles in this headboard came off a bonfire. They had originally held up the roof of an 18th century cider mill and were discarded when renovations were being done. On the outside they worm-eaten but on the inside, they were still radiant. Over the decades ammonia has darkened the oak from honey to almost mahogany but left the cellular markings sharp. I’ve arranged tiles of endgrain against the satiny pallor of sycamore and left its history – splits, wild grain, steel stains – evident.