While studying a fabric headboard one day, inspiration struck. What if scraps of wood found new life by being shaped to give the impression of tufted fabric? And so this piece was born.
Not being bound by the constraints of traditional cloth upholstery allowed for the nearly two hundred "tufts" to be laid out in an asymmetrical pattern.
Hand-carved details give a somewhat realistic/ somewhat playful illusion of pulled fabric around the buttons of the side panels.
There are at least eight species of wood on this piece, all of which happen to be from salvage efforts. No stains or dyes were used so that the natural variations in the grain and color of these woods could better be enjoyed.
The body of these wall-mounted nightstands are covered with alternating mahogany and walnut veneers and are faced with solid mahogany frames.
The drawer fronts have thick-cut veneers laid out in a pattern reminiscent of a tribal fabric. Each is topped with a full width mahogany handle attached with brass screws.
Adding strength and beauty to the drawer boxes themselves are visible dowels used in the front and rear joints.
Multiple wooden strips in varying widths, lengths and species come together to form the top of this table. A patterned rectangle of end-grain mahogany and poplar makes an appearance amid the strips.
Tight joinery, exposed dowels, natural green stripes in the poplar and old spindles saved from a discarded curio shelf stand out as notable features in the base of the table.
The shape of the base hints at a Japanese gateway known as a torii which can symbolize the place one passes from the profane to the sacred.
Some might consider the combination of such diverse elements a reversal through the gate- a trip that instead leads from the sublime to the ridiculous. Who knows? One thing is for sure. The owner of this piece has far more than something to hold the remotes. She has a strong, purposeful centerpiece that will evoke many colorful conversations with friends and guests.
This and That
These bookends are segments cut from mesquite logs. The bark has been removed to show the "live edge."
These business card holders are made of reclaimed walnut and maple.
This hallway storage unit is made from an old kitchen cabinet and covered by strips of pallet wood. Vintage hooks on the side might be used for jacket and umbrella storage. Notice the base is made from the part of the pallet that the fork lift goes under. The back of the piece is made of old barn tin.