It may seem at first that discarded wood rife with imperfection is not good for crafting fine furniture, but we've seen time and time again how junked wood can become things of surprising beauty. American furniture maker Greg Klassen, influenced by his home in the Pacific Northwest, salvages rough edged or rotting pieces of wood -- often thrown out on construction sites and lumber yards -- transforming them into gorgeous pieces that are embedded with handcut glass 'rivers' and 'lakes'. The resulting impression is a work that brings lines and textures of nature right into the home.
Klassen, who has an academic background in theology, before swapping his "textbooks for a handplane," apprenticed in places like California's redwood coast and Sweden. His past experiences seem to bring a sense of reverence for life and nature into his work, which can be directly felt in the way his pieces come together.
It's a lesson in geography for grown-ups, functional and beautifully crafted.
Klassen's materials of maple, walnut, though first imperfect, become real masterpieces of woodworking, walking a delicate balance between the natural and manmade, the orthogonal and the circular, the rough and the smooth.
In contrast to the facile conformity of globalized, big-box, cheap particleboard furniture that will break apart in a few years, Klassen's sublime pieces convey a deep wonder and understanding for nature's incredible power. See more over at Greg Klassen.