Whit McLeod's salvaged Prairie Seat

The materials in this love seat were carved about 100 years ago. The knife marks from the original craftsman are said to be still visible. Reclaimed from wine casks of Californian wineries these quartersawn, white oak staves are straightened, using steam, to create a line of heritage rich furniture. Available with leather upholstery, the one shown here instead comes with Hungarian hemp covers, over a wool and natural fibre coil sprung seat. The oak is finished with a hand-rubbed shellac. $6,320 for the hemp model. ::Whit McLeod [by WM]