We went to the Austin Armadillo Christmas bazaar again this year. In fact we went twice in one day, to hear Emily Gimble on stage in the morning and then to “Piano-rama” in the evening.
And of course I shopped. I found a booth selling frames and wood items from salvaged New Orleans wood. The artist and I talked for a while–he knew the street and the exact area where my grandparents and great grandparents lived–and I bought a frame for Banjo Man.
If you’re looking for a very cool, very different gift check out the website:
and look at the beautiful things made from salvalged wood. It’s an inspiration!
“HISTORIC PRESERVATION. OLD-WORLD TECHNIQUE.
ECO-SUSTAINABILITY. HAND CRAFTSMANSHIP.
Were there a recipe for this body of work, the list of proverbial ingredients might read something like this. Of course you’d have to let the tangible raw materials simmer first for maybe hundreds of years inside the homes and buildings of the New Orleans landscape—the very bones and supporting structures of the city’s eclectic and historic neighborhoods.
Reclaiming this lumber—rescuing it from the doom of landfills—and transforming it into something lasting and of high aesthetic value is an exercise in the resurrection of the city’s spirit. It’s an inspiring and humbling undertaking—and one that demands a certain respect and the finest attention to detail. That’s why the wood is de-nailed, cut, reworked and placed into each piece all by hand. The contrasting colors and design patterns reveal some of the original patinas and wear of the lumber. And no remnant is left to scrap.
Each piece—from small frames and boxes to larger tables and armoires—reflects a dedication to craft, a legacy of design and materials, resourcefulness, precision, environmental consciousness and artistic vision. Perhaps more importantly, they represent the rising-from-the-ashes rebirth of a city with a long history of refusing to go down without a fight. Stock and custom items available. Please contact us about your projects and ideas. Wholesale inquiries welcome.”