Artisan Turns Wood Flaw Into Stunning Furniture Design Feature

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Artisan Turns Wood Flaw Into Stunning Furniture Design Feature

Most furniture makers consider finding an old bullet in their wood a flaw, yet creator Peter Sandback has turned this particular common problem into a design concept in which is actually yielding stunning wood furniture designs.

 Trendy skull design adorns a gorgeous bench by Sandback
Trendy skull design adorns a gorgeous bench by Sandback
Square coffee table with bullet casing edge design.
Square coffee table with bullet casing edge design.

We happened upon his unusual as well as eye-catching pieces at ICFF 2016, where we were immediately drawn in to the booth for a closer look at his intricate designs fashioned using bullet casings as well as nail heads. via large floral motifs to more abstract sprays of metal, Sandback’s finely crafted wood furnishings feature a variety of designs.

A closer look at the bullet casing detail.
A closer look at the bullet casing detail.

via his studio in Harrisville, fresh Hampshire, Sandback — who as a background in industrial design as well as sculpture — answered some questions for us about his work.

Sandback Atelier

Agnizer : You said you were inspired to create designs with bullet casings because of the bullets found in trees by woodworkers…can you expand on in which just a bit?

Sandback: Every woodworker in which I know who has been at in which for 20 years has cut in to a bullet. People have been hunting inside woods for more than 250 years. Countless shots in which missed the mark were lodged inside surrounding trees. The tree grows around the invading bit of metal until the day in which the tree is actually harvested as well as processed. I cut into a brass jacketed lead slug in a piece of Pennsylvania walnut about a year ago. The resulting lead dot surrounded by a brass circle perfectly inlaid inside dark walnut was a happy surprise.

A bullet casing in wood.
A bullet casing in wood.

Agnizer : How did the bullet casings idea evolve into the nailhead designs?

Sandback: The nail inlay tables came first – I have been doing those for about 7 years.

A design made of nails before they are cut flush with the table.View in gallery
A design made of nails before they are cut flush with the table.
A close-up of the nail design before cutting.
A close-up of the nail design before cutting.
Credenza
Credenza
Coffee table made of bleached walnut with aluminum nail inlay as well as a bleached ash base.
Coffee table made of bleached walnut with aluminum nail inlay as well as a bleached ash base.
A Great look at the circular design.
A Great look at the circular design.
A sunburst nailhead pattern.
A sunburst nailhead pattern.

Agnizer : Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?

Sandback: Most of the pattern designs are via old japanese fabric stencils called katagami. Many are via old bits of fabric in which I have collected in recent times.

Round table with chrysanthemum floral design.
Round table with chrysanthemum floral design.

Intricate floral motif made with many sizes of nailheads.
Intricate floral motif made with many sizes of nailheads.
Detail of a floral motif on dark wedge wood.
Detail of a floral motif on dark wedge wood.

Agnizer : About how long does in which take you to produce an average-sized table?

Sandback: About 3 weeks

Sandback trimming nail heads via a piece in progress.
Sandback trimming nail heads via a piece in progress.

Sandback working on a table

Agnizer : How did you get into woodworking via your education in industrial design as well as sculpture?

Sandback: In graduate school I somehow got a job inside wood shop teaching various other students how to use the tools. I didn’t know what I was doing so I learned fast as well as grew to love in which. After graduation I discovered in which doing a living as a woodworker was easier than doing a living as a sculptor. I made canvas stretchers for painters for a few years. I started off doing furniture when my wife got a job at a furniture store as well as encouraged me to build something for her to sell there.

Bullet spray design on a table at ICFF 2016.
Bullet spray design on a table at ICFF 2016.
A close-up of the bullet spray design.
A close-up of the bullet spray design.

Agnizer : Where/how do you source your woods?

Sandback: Most is actually via here in fresh England. Some of the walnut is actually via a little further south. I use one exotic species called wenge which is actually via Africa.

Two different designs on various woods.
Two different designs on various woods.

Agnizer : Do you work solo?

Sandback: I do as well as have enjoyed in which in which way for about 25 years.

Sandback Silver nails

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