Category Archives: Residential

Elm and Pepperwood Credenza


About a year ago I heard from a friend that her pepper tree had died in her backyard and that she and her husband wanted to do something with the wood. I sent over an arborist who cut the tree into slabs, they were placed under their house to dry, and I explained that it takes about a year for every inch of thickness to dry, so we would have to wait awhile to make a table. I also told them about some experiments I’d been doing, allowing wet wood to warp and deform as it’s inherent tension would create, and using those odd elements in traditional furniture. They were all for it. The materials of this piece are Pepper Wood, Elm, Ebony and Epoxy.IMG_6698.JPG IMG_6699.JPG IMG_6713.JPG IMG_6709.JPG IMG_6711.JPG IMG_6700.JPG IMG_6701.JPG

Elm Slices

Elm Slices are thinly cut, 16′ x 2′ x 1/4″ pieces of wood with a burlap backing that can stand against a wall, fit in the corner of a room or hang from the ceiling. They are lightweight, solid and easily affixed to any surface.  Cut from wet, newly salvaged urban trees,  each slice is allowed to change shape as it dries, taking a shape that woodworkers normally try to to avoid. To build the angular stuff that becomes furniture we do everything we can to make and keep wood straight and flat, but these are different.

Each tree’s unique reaction to the subtleties of it’s habitat, the changing directions of grain that come from forces exerted by branches, or a slope, or wind direction create varying densities and internal tensions, and have the potential unfurl a flat piece of freshly cut wood into a dynamic, warping plane that tells a story of topography, like landscapes created by geologic time that are an alternative to the map like information of a board. Ideally, these pieces show an aspect of time that goes beyond the counting of rings, and the marks and coloring of a two dimensional surface. I hope they show the third and forth dimensions of wood’s honest transformation, from living thing, to record of life, when left to it’s own resources and unrestricted by the weight of the lumberyard and the heat of the kiln.