Third Life

 

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, I present my very first piece crafted entirely from reclaimed wood: antique wormy Chestnut.  The material is 100% reclaimed lumber from dismantled barns, factory buildings and other structures.  The patina, character and color of this wood have no equal. A matching chair will be coming soon, along with more images. This desk is the latest interpretation of my “Farfalla”design, looking much different from previous versions that were made with all new material. I am proud to say that this is also a much more environmentally friendly take on the design. As I plan for the future, I feel confident that many of my designs will incorporate reclaimed lumber.  I consider furniture crafted from such wood to represent the “third life” of the tree.

 

The first life is a tree growing in the forest, from tiny sapling to towering specimen, spanning many decades. In its second life, the tree is harvested and its lumber is cut into beams, flooring and paneling for barns, factory buildings, churches, etc. In the third life, after standing for decades and even centuries, those structures are torn down and the lumber is salvaged and made available to woodworkers like me, who apply their skills to turn it into cherished furniture pieces that will last for generations.

 

Please contact me for additional information about the piece pictured and/or to discuss a custom piece crafted from this incredible wood.   

 

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