After the Storm Oak Desk
This asymmetrical desk with character wood top has been designed for a special exhibition, After the Storm, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The desk is made using timber from trees that were blown down at the Botanics when Cyclone Andrea hit Scotland in 2012. The theme of the exhibition is recovery from a traumatic event and having lost both my parents in the last two years, it provided an opportunity to explore my own experiences.
The design I produced is influenced by the work of George Nakashima, whose work was one of the reasons I got into woodwork in the first place. The desk is made from oak with an end panel dovetail jointed in a waterfall style. Sycamore and sweet chestnut have been used in the cabinet underneath and the drawers are lined with cedar. The main challenge in making the piece was was flattening the wide top board by hand using a router. I also wanted to keep the natural edge top as true to its original shape as possible and decided to highlight rather than hide the crack in the top using oak stitches.
The desk is one of my most complete pieces of work to date, bringing together a celebration of natural wood with contemporary design.