Maple and Raven Writing Desk

Salvage Fir Projects
February 27, 2019
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Exhibited in the Sooke Fine Arts Show, Vancouver Islands premier juried Art Show, July/August 2019.

Design is based on some small boards of locally milled Maple that I couldn’t bring myself to cut up. The natural edges and figuring on them was just too surreal and beautiful. The boards are joined together with through tenons and wedged with Yew carved Ravens. No glue joins them together or fixes them to the base and as the humidity changes through the day the boards occasionally creak as they move. The back is made from the edges of the boards cut and turned upwards their shapes expressive of clouds.

The base for the shelves is a more traditional, and in the west coast of Canada, colonial cabriolet legged desk. The shelves wrap into and around the top and seem to grow from the desk, which acts almost like a ‘nurse log’. The weight of the Maple and Ravens, the natural world attempting to alter and change the desks design and its history.

Made from Big Leaf Maple and Pacific Yew. Dimensions Height 68″. Length 36″. Width 24″-26″.

It didn’t sell at the show so if anyone reading this is interested please get in contact.

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