|A day of successful driftwood hunting, Allen Graves paddles our findings home.|
As the 2011 holiday season is now coming to an end with the new years is just a few days away, my current mind set is now focused on the new year and great endeavors that lye around the bend. Fortunately, a driftwood hunt with my good friend Allen Graves is just that. So in a few weeks, we plan to return to our favorite hunting ground and brave the frigid winter weather and icy cold water via wading and paddling a canoe along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Allen's cousin owns at least a miles worth of private desolate riverfront property along the Rappahannock, an estuary from the southern section of the Chesapeake Bay. Here's a link to the first blog covering a previous driftwood outing. Just click on the link here to: Driftwood Art & Furnishings: Re-Purposed Beach Finds For the Coastal Home.
Our last one-day hunting expedition last fall turned out to be quite fruitful and we gathered a number of wonderful water worn and sun-bleached cedar that is found in abundance washed up on the empty beaches or toppled off a cliff from a harsh nor'easter. Exceptional gnarled and twisted pieces of driftwood, sun-baked to a silvery patina with rich aromas of spicy cedar. Magnificent- the perfect sculptured wood created by nature and it's changing seasonal weather that produce these beautiful torsos and branches of wood for us to work with.
So, before we get underway, I'd like to share with you a few of the driftwood lamp creations that we have recently produced here in our Skipjack design studio located in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. We hope to create other unique driftwood sculptures and coffee tables, perfect for the coastal home.
|Custom made driftwood lamp with burlap covered shade.|
|Close-up of cedar lamp base.|
The first of the driftwood lamps (shown above) was produced from one piece of driftwood and has a broader, more horizontal appearance. Great gnarled cedar with light-brown color and sun-bleached appearance. Pieces like these require a larger table to display and use, though I love these as a counter-top or bar light. Stands 25 1/2 inches tall. Here's a link to the beachcombed driftwood lamp CJE002.
|Cedar driftwood lamp with burlap shade.|
|Driftwood lamp base.|
|Driftwood lamp finial.|
|A cedar driftwood lamp produced in Skipjack's design studio.|
|Close-up of driftwood base.|
|Cedar driftwood lamp with black base and shade.|
|Beachcombed sun-bleached cedar driftwood.|
* Environmentally sustainable furniture is a fairly new concept in the marketplace, though here at Skipjack we have been utilizing this concept for many years. Simply defined, sustainable furniture and furnishings, also known as Eco Furniture is constructing furniture using materials which are recycled or re-purposed such as wood, metals and glass. The Skipjack design studio utilizes many shipboard items that are removed from retired ships in foreign and domestic shipyards as well as natural materials such as locally found driftwood, boards and vintage fisherman's materials to produce one of a kind nautical/coastal furniture and furnishings! Here's a link to see other examples from Natural driftwood sculptures, lamps and furnishings by C. Joseph Elder.