From forest to furniture we are all things trees.
Furniture. Ultimately this is the final product. This is the passion that fuels the entire process. All of the other pieces of this wooden puzzle lead us to furniture. Most of us have no idea what we want to be when we grow up, but Christopher has always known he wanted to be a furniture maker.
Furniture to Christopher is all about the tree - sustainable, natural, wood as wood. His pieces are an expression of the individual tree. Each piece is unique and has its own story to tell. This is what makes them special. The tree tells him what it wants to be. When you buy a piece of furniture from Christopher it's important that the user and the objective function of the piece come together. Functionality and use are driving factors in his design. Christopher works with his clients to match them with the tree that will work for their piece or as he says, "the tree selects the client." He likes his clients to be a part of his process from start to finish just as he is. Each piece is designed to withstand the tests of time, to get better with age, to be heirlooms handed down through generations. He wants each piece to grow with you, to age with you and just as the tree told it's story, your piece should tell yours.
"When trees mature, it is fair and moral that they are cut for man's use, as they would soon decay and return to the earth. Trees have a yearning to live again, perhaps to provide the beauty, strength and utility to serve man, even to become an object of great artistic worth." - George Nakashima
As with everything else at Fernwood + Fryer this is a journey. We plan to expand this page to include the other processes identified below. In the meantime, we plan to feature many of the processes below on the blog! Follow along there.
- Identification - foundation
- Climbing - technique, equipment
- Reclamation - dismantling, cutting, rigging, transport
- Felling - wedging, pulling, limbing, bucking
- Firewood - splitting, stacking, storing
- Slabbing - layout, seasoning, storing
- Carpentry - structures, treehouse
- Furniture - the final product