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The wood I used in these pieces has a unique story.  This Cyprus tree was growing in eastern North Carolina before the first European settlers arrived.  The record of the lean as well as the easy years is forever visually reflected in its hundreds of growth rings.

The tree fell, not by the hand of man but by an act of nature, into a coastal North Carolina river in where it stayed for decades.

The sand and debris carried by the moving water scoured the sides and ends of the wood. 

The natural chemicals in the water permeated the fibers and gradually staining them to a patina only time can achieve.

I first saw the 24 foot trunk after it was removed from the water and allowed to dry in a farmer’s field.
Even then, I could appreciate the special qualities of this piece.
The log was milled and moved to my studio where I slowly continued the drying process over the last several years.

I waited for the right project to come along. Using this wood on anything other than a unique piece of furniture would be a loss.

I hope you agree, celebrating the art of nature, is the perfect use of such a beautiful piece of natural history.

Photos by Melissa Russell

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