Fit for a Feast

Does it really surprise you that I grew up with this all around me?

[The west coast of Canada – I have an incredibly deep love of all things old growth forest-like. I recommend visiting one, at least once in your life.]

That I would, in turn, have a life-long affliction for anything like this?

[Note to self: stop falling in love with a 25k table. It’s not healthy. However – if you ARE in the neighbourhood throwing down that chunk of cash, BDDW is the place to go. Some of the sexiest furniture alive. Smooch.]

And so, imagine my a-tithering self setting eyes upon a work of art that uses big, hearty, pieces of glorious wood. Even as a daughter of a forester, a west-coast lover of the forests, I still want a house made of solid wood beams. I want beautiful cedar shingles, decks of glorious planks turned silver, and the smell – oh the smell! Goodness me, I need to catch my breath…

Therefore, when I do finally discover those that posses the craft to turn rough hewn logs into something magical, I can often, well, lose my head. These are well-built pieces of furniture will last a lifetime — and they really ought to, if you think about it. Heirloom-worthy indeed.

Although, when you start throwing the notion of reclaimed wood into the mix, then things get hot and steamy real quick. It’s a wonderful answer to the reuse and recycle dilemma, not to mention the specimens themselves have such incredible history already; their textures and patinas are not something that Pottery Barn et al could really replicate, as best they try.

[Now doesn’t this look like the loveliest little table to sit and have your morning coffee at? I thought so. Belongs to Lisel of Jewels of New York, via a Design*Sponge sneak peak.]

Mostly, though, these reclaimed woods come at a price, and often tables, chairs and the like fashioned out of old barns, houses, floors, and warehouses are often far out of two struggling architects’ budgets. Imagine my surprise the day that I discovered The Lorimer Workshop via design*sponge and their spotlight on the the jewels of new york [who require a whole other post, but I’ll get to that … one day.]. David Ellison handcrafts these pieces in his studio in Rhode Island, and, of course, many have taken notice of his wares. Running the design gamut, his different styles are all, no doubt, stunning. What I was struck with, however, is the very simple fact– these, my friends, are fit for a lifetime of feasts with friends and family.

[Lorimer handiwork for Marichelle at Heart Handmade, via Design*Sponge, again.]

Don’t believe me? He can whip up a 16-foot table that can double as three separate tables until the party arrives. Multi-tasking furnishings? He’s my kind of guy. And his prices? Incredibly reasonable – if you think in terms of a long-term commitment. And I want one for the long haul.

[Only part of Lorimer Workshop’s repertoire – go check it out already!]

I want one. Desperately. And while ML has insisted that we try out own hands at making something equally substantial (downright monastic, if you ask me), I think to myself that David seems like the kind of guy I would want to invest in, support, and encourage this growing business of his. These are the types of craftsmen that ought to flourish, and in return, we get a wonderful work of art that will become the setting of so many memories.

[Great little interview with David here.]