|Project by JohnGreco||posted 07-21-2011 07:58 PM||1029 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
The Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum was interested in carrying some of my work in their gift shop if I could tie it in to the museum. Since they have a lot of focus on the history of the Delaware River, I started looking for wood with a connection. I was lucky enough to find a local lumberyard that deals almost exclusively with salvaged wood, and they had 2 pieces of salvaged dock wood that was originally beneath the Walt Whitman Bridge.
The bridge underwent renovations in mid 90’s, which is when they got some of the dock wood. The 2 boards you see in picture 3 are the last pieces they had.
I was able to get 125 blanks from the wood (with a little bit left over for the inevitable Whoops!). The pens are being offered exclusively through the museum gift shop, and each comes with a maple box filled with Spanish moss and a serialized letter detailing the history of the wood.
The wood took a LOT of thin CA as it was being turned, but they really came out great. This is a picture of the 1st one of the initial 10 being delivered to the museum tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about getting the pens in there, and they are just as excited to have them. Always a great feeling when your work can excite somebody :)
Thanks for looking.