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Three Pieces, One Tree- The walnut suite

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Project by JoshOne posted 812 days ago 1437 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In March of last year I bought pretty much an entire walnut tree here in Bloomington. It was a tree that grew from a seed in Bloomington, fell down in a storm in Bloomington, was milled into lumber in Bloomington, and ultimately was turned into three pieces of furniture in Bloomington. I built Rachael’s coffee table, my bar, and our dining room table from that single walnut tree. Three matching pieces with similar design elements made from a single tree. Thus, when we move away from Bloomington, those pieces will forever link us to the time we spent here, and be intrinsically linked to each other as sibling pieces. To separate them is to separate a family, and they are thus pieces that I hope will stay within my family for many years after I have gone.

I think that there can be such deeper meaning in the things that surround us, if we have the ability to direct what goes into them. It is with that in mind that I’ve developed an interest in working in the idea of ‘place’ in furniture projects.

I think that furniture that is hand-built or custom commissioned can integrate what I refer to as a third function- that of place and memory. When you think about it, most furniture usually has up to two functions: it’s purely utilitarian (think the giant cable spool used as a table in a college apartment) or it is both utilitarian and beautiful. For the vast majority of furniture, it stops there. But if we make our own furniture we can add a third function, and that third function deepens our connection and embeds a degree of meaning within the piece that is otherwise impossible.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"





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AaronK

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#1 posted 812 days ago

I agree with you 100%. There’s something very special about using materials from local sources, and it’s special in a way that exotic species could never be. I feel the same about pieces I made using local cherry and maple from when we lived in west virginia.

You’ve done it justice though. I especially love the doors on the sideboard.

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JoshOne

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#2 posted 812 days ago

Thanks, Aaron. I’ve been an admirer of your work since I joined LJs.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 812 days ago

You’ve really made something special there. I hope that one day I can make something that valuable for my own family to pass down after I’m gone.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 812 days ago

I love the project

I also like your way of seeing beyond the piece

Where it all fits in.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Martyroc

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#5 posted 812 days ago

That’s beautiful, and no truer words have been spoken.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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mconolly

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#6 posted 812 days ago

Great projects and wonderful words – I hope your childrens’ children enjoy these as much as you do!

-- - Mike, Warrington, PA

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Millo

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#7 posted 812 days ago

Great stuff. This might sound weird, but sometimes I miss Bloomington. How is it these days?

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HalDougherty

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#8 posted 812 days ago

You’ve made some beautiful treasures from your walnut tree. Here’s a bench project I did to celebrate my Aunt & Uncle’s 55th wedding anniversary. For something special like this, I always put a brass plaque on the piece with the name of the person and the reason for the gift. Somewhere else, I include another brass plaque with my name and the date it was made. After a couple of generations, everyone who owns the piece will know who made it, who they gave it to, and the special occasion of the gift.

Click for details

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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JoshOne

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#9 posted 812 days ago

Bloomington is rainy these days! My shop flooded last night! One of the more obvious disadvantages to building a house that is lower than the street…
Other than that b-town is great.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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Druk

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#10 posted 812 days ago

Beautiful work and story, thanks for sharing both

-- when I grow up. i want to be just like...

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Cory

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#11 posted 812 days ago

Well executed, Josh. My biggest regret in life is that I got out of Bloomington after only 4 years. Should’ve gotten my masters and a Ph. D.!!!!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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mloy365

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#12 posted 811 days ago

That is some great lookin’ work!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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superstretch

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#13 posted 803 days ago

Awesome job!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Gshepherd

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#14 posted 797 days ago

Excellent work

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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