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Monday
Aug062012

how it's made: dondra bed

Much of the wood used to make the dondra bed is reclaimed from old teak doors, painted windows and doors, beams or flooring from inside old houses that are no longer usable or have been replaced.

Purchased as raw materials by weight, it’s often in a wide range of quality—broken/split, with nail holes, including nails, etc.

While the unusable pieces are discarded, the bulk of the lot is sorted, pieces are laminated together, holes filled with a mix of glue and wood, and finished by sanding and lacquer coating.

Thursday
Jul122012

watch: au naturel

Tuesday
Jul052011

one of a finds: birds on a wire

Reclaimed Douglas fir planks, harvested from old abandoned buildings in Southern California, find their way home in wood “prints” inked with abstract birds silhouetted high on cable wires by artist Parvez Taj.

Documenting the history of each building and the source of each timber, he selects planks which are then hand-assembled and printed with eco-friendly, UV-cured inks.

Weathered and distressed, each birds on a wire print is evidence of the concept of beauty as rendered by the elements of nature over time. In his waste-to-energy initiative, Taj’s mission is to create art with minimal impact on the environment.

Why birds? In the artist’s words, “Birds have the ultimate freedom.”

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—birds on a wire has a fall 2011 release of 200.

Friday
Jul012011

one of a finds: wood tops

Since a picture speaks a thousand words in any language, the following tell the back story of how we got from there to here—the making of a set of five wood tops.

The Indian Railways, or IR, is one of the largest networks in the world. Its nearly 1.6 million employees transport 20 million passengers over almost 40,000 miles of tracks through nearly 7,000 stations—everyday.

Railroad ties, or “sleepers”, are approximately 40-50 years old and are being replaced with newer concrete versions. Once the ties are collected, the outer surface is milled to get to the core sal wood.

Traditionally used to play the Indian street game bambaram, five distinct top forms are lathed to create the appearance of the classic toys. With naturally occurring wood checks and markings, each of these decorative objects literally has its own unique spin. Measuring 4-6” long, they come wrapped in muslin and packed in a galvanized metal box.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—the sal wood tops have a fall 2011 release of 744 boxed sets.

Note: this one of a find will be available early September.

Friday
Jul012011

one of a finds: the lewis table

How does a one-man woodworking shop get from 1300 board feet of raw American black walnut…to a lewis table?

Chicago-based woodworker Jason Lewis starts at the beginning and intentionally chooses timbers for their knots and imperfections, allowing the wood’s natural beauty to create visual interest with no two tables alike.

Referencing historical Windsor chairs, and with a nod to the heritage of fine woodworking and hand-craftsmanship, splayed legs are each precisely joined with round tenons blocked with a fine hardwood wedge and finished flush in unison with the top.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—the lewis table has a fall 2011 release of 200.

Note: this one of a find will be available early September.