Designer: Travis James
Manufacturer: MAY Furniture Co.
Typographic carving / wood yeah
nahdeeboy: Look what I found, when out hunting
Wood Yeah / segmented furniture design / cool
Two years ago I was living on an old avocado orchard/ranch that is the headquarters for an environmental restoration group (Growing Solutions). The ranch is up at the end of Winchester Canyon in the foothills on the Gaviota Coast. Nights were inky black and beautiful— moonlight or starlight and, to the south, one of the coastal oil rigs lit up on a little sliver of ocean. I set up my boat building shop in the barn/packing shed, and had a room in a double-wide for ranch workers.
Avocados grew and ripened within easy reach of my bedroom window.
These ladles were carved from logs cut from Avocado trees in the deep, deep pruning that the big, old trees receive from time to time. The ladle form is carved from a crook or crotch for maximum strength. No grinders or sanders— just a chisel, bent-tip knife, and card scrapers. Old school carving.
I think my favorite thing about these ladles is that while they are being used in my clients’ kitchens, the trees still stand out there, looking down the valley to the ocean and some of my favorite surf breaks. They still grow fruit and send it to market.
The Book of Life by Nino Orlandi
Match / Benjamin Heller / Hand-carved Zebra Wood, 24k gold leaf / 2013
Carson Thomson Prototype articulated table, c. 1965 at LAMA’s May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction
keith jennings spirit trees / TheArtfulGardener / on TTL Design