“It’s yours if you want it… But I’m dragging it to the dumpster on Friday if you don’t do something with it.”
Yep. That sentence. Usually, it’s regarding something big, amazing, and… most likely a tad unwieldy. Maybe it’s referring to that upright piano that you would LOVE to have, but just don’t have the room for. Or maybe it’s that dresser that you’ve needed, but your Honda Civic isn’t up to the challenge. In my latest case I was donated an antique jewelers cabinet that was in serious need of some love. Of course, it had to be claimed in the next few days or face decimation. I had a choice and I think I made the right one. This project was an absolutely fun piece-by-piece teardown and rebuild.
This new configuration is sleeker and more versatile. It’s now available to be used as a bar, dining room table, and of course–even a workbench. Read onward to learn more about this piece and its reclaiming process.
Almost all the artwork I create is ultimately intended for someone else. This is one of my favorite aspects about making artwork. However, every so often I realize that there are things I need updated or made for my personal life too. Earlier this year I made a powered work table for my studio’s main workspace from reclaimed materials and I thought I should do it again. (right)
You can check out that project in its entirety here.
(Process Image Gallery Below)
The New (Old) Table
This week I took on the task of replacing my painting desk with a refurbished curb-side find. My former desk was nothing special; a simple fold up table that sufficed most needs. Recently, I’ve found myself needing a more substantial set of workspaces with an increasing need for visual continuity. So, when I passed a curbed table with matching wood… I knew I had my next challenge. The top was severely scratched and dented, there were 2 broken legs, and missing parts. But all-in-all, the core structure of the wood was totally intact. Here’s how it I refinished my new (old) studio table:
As a person who works with reclaimed materials, I get asked where I find my materials a lot. In fact, I was asked this twice today. Here’s how this question usually goes:
“I’ve got this project I was thinking about making…. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you find all of this amazing material?!”
This is a very flattering question and I’m more than happy to share in the reclaimed materials movement.
Having said that, I’ve found that there’s actually quite an array of motives and goals behind that question. This post will cover the right questions to ask yourself so that you can be on your way to finding newly reclaimed materials.
There’s something really special about the look and feel of old wood and the stark contrast it has with aged metal. They seem as though they were always meant to be paired together. The organic and ever moving characters of wood are a nice contrast for the cold and visible heft that metal has.
These two materials remind us of our pasts. I bet that almost everyone reading this has experienced the whirlwind of memories or sensations when they hold an old piece of wood or metal. We are taken back to other times just by physically interacting with old relics. In my latest piece, “The Lock Box Table”, I’ve tried to tap into that same set of feelings.