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These hand carved wood coasters are made from a single piece of tiger maple, also known as flame or curly maple. They're lightweight + simple, each with softened edges + their own completely unique markings in the grain of the wood. Lay them on the coffee table for drinks or leave them up on the counter to rest your cooking utensils. Sold as a set of 2 coasters.
4" L x 4" W x 0.25" thick
Handmade in New York.
Finished with a food-safe polyurethane mixture designed for durability + hand-rubbed for a natural appearance. Hand wash if necessary.
Due to the unique markings in each piece of wood, the coasters you receive may be slightly different from those pictured.
Willow Tree Woods
Beauty + function in objects that will last for generations; handmade in New York
I have always been interested in trees. Witness to the past, they stand watch over the future. They are always there + most of us don’t even think of them. Their beauty is hard won. They are at the mercy of their environment. It is with this appreciation of the great value of each tree, that I approach the design + execution of each piece of furniture.
Each wooden slab has a different story. In the most literal sense, each slab is unique. No two grains are the same. The colors are different, the flows of grain different, the thickness different, the soundness different. In some sense, my efforts are to give the tree another life.
One goal is, of course, functionality. But not merely functionality. We can dine on a pile of stones or formica. Just as important is my effort to create an object that at every opportunity, draws the eye to it. In short, to marry beauty with function in an object that will last for generations.
I had the good fortune to meet an Italian artisan who learned the trade the old-fashioned way, painstakingly gleaning from the craftsmen for whom he apprenticed the skills necessary to prepare + create objects of quality. He has trained me. Each time I sit at my dinner table, I am conscious of the table. It is still satisfying to look at + to touch. I would hope that a potential buyer of one of my pieces could draw the same satisfaction each time he/she used or looked at one of my pieces.