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In 1971 my father and mother opened an antique store specializing in antique jewelry, art glass and furniture. My father loved working on antique timepieces. Later, I adopted his love and fascination with clocks and watches and spent some time designing and making jewelry. After a few years this evolved into designing and making custom watches and clocks.
A year ago I read a piece about swamp logging, I became interested in harvesting sunken cypress logs and using some of these historical pieces in functional art, both free standing furniture pieces as well as in wall art. Each log that comes out of a swamp, river or lake can be anywhere from 150 to over 1,000 years old. Each is incredibly
A year ago I read a piece about swamp logging, I became interested in harvesting sunken cypress logs and using some of these historical pieces in functional art, both free standing furniture pieces as well as in wall art. Each log that comes out of a swamp, river or lake can be anywhere from 150 to over 1,000 years old. Each is incredibly unique. The designs that the grain creates during growth are like revealing a painting every time a saw uncovers another layer. The time I spend looking and trying to figure out how to best utilize each layer and varied shapes, but that is not all that matters. What matters to me is how the wood feels, looks and smells when it is cut.
Most of the ancillary wood used in the making of these clock were reclaimed original pieces of the holding and aging tanks used in the making of Dixie Beer in New Orleans on Tulane Ave. The wood was from virgin growth cypress trees harvested around the greater New Orleans area swamps, in the late 1800’s. Dixie began producing beer in 1907 in these cypress aging tanks.
Creating clocks and furniture from these old reclaimed logs that once grew from seed, spanning years standing upright, then to be plucked from the depths of a waterway, and given life once again as a functional art piece, is an excellent metaphor for the natural cycles of time and nature, and bears testimony to my appreciation of the Louisiana landscape, my birthplace and home.