Three months ago I was asked to sketch up a few designs for the Buttes and see about building a few new tables for their patio. They liked what I presented. After a few meetings and conversations I started the build out. Working with some local saw mills (and one in Oregon), I set out to find the perfect wood. I chose many varieties: Black Acacia, three types of Mesquite, White Ash, Arizona Elm, Oregon Cottonwood, Maple, Grenadino, and Aleppo Pine. Next, I set out to design the bases, using 1 1/2 and 2″ square tube steel with wood inserts, one adjustable. I trussed them in four unique ways using some custom iron, antique fence pieces, some bar stock and some unique craftsmanship. Each table base is its own while following a common theme, so they match without being the same. For the wood, I used some live edge and free forms, as well as cut some square. By following the nature in each piece, the tops formed themselves into color and shape, contrast that gives the pieces even more dimension. The rustic, clean look fits well with the modern restaurant architecture set in rocks amidst a cactus garden. Being given so much artistic freedom this project embodies the Industrial Craftsman style.
‘What is Urban Lumber?’ you may ask… Think of all the unique and interesting trees people grow here in the Valley. Then think about all the downed trees you see during monsoon season, when someone has to remove a tree because of where it’s growing. Where do these trees go? To the dump? To the mulch or compost farm? Why not to a local saw mill where they can be turned into lumber? On my quest for new and different wood for a project, I found three sources of just that, lumber made from trees that grew in the city. Imagine all the exotic hardwoods you could ever want grown right near home, no more cutting down the rainforest or national park near you, and the hardwoods are amazing. I found Maple (from Oregon), Arizona Ash, Elm, Cottonwood, Black Acacia, and four types of Mesquite so different in color that it’s hard to believe they were the same type of tree. Talk about sustainable Local, Handmade, furniture built from renewable and beautiful wood.
This tiny table is made from Ponderosa Pine from the Verde Vally. It is 16″ x 10″ and 18″ tall. Tiny tables are stylish and very functional, they sit in a corner and are easy to carry around a room. They hold plants, or beer well. It is a perfect first piece of custom Industrial craftsman furniture. At $65 there is no reason not to take this beautiful piece of handmade furniture home.
I built a bike rack for Barrio Cafe and delivered it on a bike trailer.
Why Miss Bane loves her new dresser so much:
1) There’s TWO lucky pennies in every handle
2) Reclaimed Cherry Wood from golden times
3) Reclaimed Cedar. (It’s biblical)
4) Reclaimed Redwood. You could almost hug it.
5) Angles like a Tron haircut
6) Wood and steel slopes
7) Strong handles with shiny tips
8) Drawers upon shelving
9) Secret side drawer for all kinds of wonderful things
10) The dresser has a soul!!!