Woven wood Divider screen "Dibay-dibay"

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 07-24-2010 08:30 AM 7310 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Characteristic of the “Cogon” Reeds that sway in the summer winds on the hills of Antipolo where I live and grew up, this concept was meant to function as a divider. Set with three or more panels interspersing spaces, It stands as an organic form of sculpture, and allows air to move freely between rooms. Some clients enjoy the play and effect of the woven strips of wood that we’ve done installations of the panels on walls in their homes. As shown in the photos, the vertical installation is meant to represent reeds and horizontally to simulate the sea or waves.

The panels are custom made to height and width. The frame is made from yakal, the thinned stretchers that separate the weaving of the slats are milled and routered from Iron wood and are locked onto the frame by ebony keys. The Woven strips are hand planed from Dao.

Have a fantastic weekend up on a hill or by the sea!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 09:52 AM

Nice job on those.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 11:51 AM

Muy curioso,muy imaginativo,las formas y el trabajo tienen un caracter muy personal,creo que este diseño esta abierto a otras variaciones…a otras ideas.Enhorabuena como siempre

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 12:39 PM

It’s wonderful to have the talent to make a representation of a natural element as you have done here Benji and turn it into a piece of art. These are priceless pieces.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 01:30 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 01:58 PM

Wow. You are the master of fluidity in wood. Naalala ko yong mathematics noong araw. Dibay-Dibay. I am counting how many pieces you made but it seems you have made a lot of this design. You mentioned iron wood… is it the dungon or kakawate… Anyway it is hard to find. I am still busy during weekends doing ordinary kahones. I just let you know when I can visit you again.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 02:43 PM

Beautiful flowing pieces. Nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 03:20 PM

Nice mix of art and woodworking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-24-2010 03:28 PM

Very cool! I would expect to see work of your caliber in a Museum of modern art.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 03:33 PM

Two thumbs up Sir Benjie..galeng mo talaga.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 05:44 PM

These are really nice. Great design, very well done. Super….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 07-24-2010 06:19 PM

Very artful Benji…just beautiful and flowing. By the way, is everything okay where you are…were you effected by the earthquake? I hope all is well.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#12 posted 07-24-2010 06:28 PM

Only one word I recognized in the comments below the video: WOW!

What an amazing talent! The kind of home I’d love to live in. Most folks live in boxes and I think that shapes their thought patterns, me included.

Woven wood, who wood have thought that wood be appealing to the eye!? :-)

What kind of woods are they?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 07-24-2010 06:44 PM

Its great to have a line that you can build over and over again, yet they are different and powerful each time you make one! Nice peices both free standing and wall hung.

-- Rogue

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#14 posted 07-24-2010 07:23 PM

Very BEAUTIFUL pieces in a very beautiful home from what I can see. Love the stainless steel railings too. I’ll wager that the views from this house is fabulous!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 07-24-2010 08:18 PM

Ramon, Gracias mi amigo!
Bert, The iron wood i mentioned is Dungon. Thanks for your comments guys! The house featured with the wall hung dividers is in Laguna Beach, CA.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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