Pride in Workmanship
That's what comes through with this project from Van Enk Woodcrafters. Designer Ben Van Enk crafted this piece for his client's second home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The mammoth Ipe slab was sourced from BigWoodSlabs.com. This slab wood furniture piece will serve as the main dining table in the home.
The clients were looking for something rustic, with live edges, but still refined.
While they didn't have their hearts set on a specific wood slab species, they desired something eye catching. With the project completed, the clients were amazed at the amount of figure in, and depth to the wood.
Measuring appx. 98"x50", this Ipe slab dining table is sure to stop house guests in their tracks.
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This is a recent project from one of our regular customers, Garry Zayon of Zayon Furniture.
Made from Bore (pronounced "bo-ahr-ee)") wood, this gallery quality hand-crafted piece would blend well with mid-century modern, danish, or eclectic hipster decor.
Bore wood (Detarium senegalense), is a medium-density wood originating from tropical west Africa.
In business for over 32 years, Rare Earth Hardwoods has had a full spectrum of customers, from framing contractors to designers, to artists.
We are proud that Justine Dillenbeck is participating in Art Prize 2015, and is featuring wood slabs from BigWoodSlabs.com, one of the product websites operated by Rare Earth Hardwoods. Justine has tapped Rare Earth Hardwoods to source wood slabs for her stunning pyrography work. Here is a selection of her works from Art Prize 2015:
“Justine Dillenbeck is an illustrator working as a freelance artist in various media and subjects.
Her artistry stems all the way back into the age of four where she impressed her parents with a replication of the character Barney Rubble from the Flintstones on the back of a Cocoa Pebbles cereal box, and from then on drawing has been an integral part of her life. Drawing was always a fascination, leading her to doodle and sketch no matter where she was, oftentimes borrowing napkins from the dinner table and using entire notebooks for sketches.
Her interests lie mainly in animals and science fiction with a wide range between. Her talent impressed many in high school and she later enrolled at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, her home town. With college came specific media including watercolor and oil, and then after graduation in 2012 she found herself with a new fascination with wood burning.”source: http://www.justinedillenbeckillustrations.com/about.html
Thanks Justine, for being a fan of Rare Earth Hardwoods and the products at BigWoodSlabs.com!
Northern Michigan has produced cherries since 1852 with the first crops being planted by Peter Dougherty on Old Mission Peninsula. Today, the U. S. cherry industry produces more than 650 million pounds of tart and sweet cherries each year. Much of the cherry production is concentrated here in northern Michigan, which grows about 75 percent of the world's tart cherry crop.
We had the opportunity to reclaim vintage cedar from old cherry brining vats which were once located at Traverse City's West End Beach near where the volley ball courts are located today. The reclaiming of this wood is in alignment with our 3D Forestry Initiative, which harvest wood from dying, dead or down resources, including urban reclaimed materials. Our onsite master craftsman created these stunning and unique pieces as a custom order for a client.
3D Hardwoods is a product brand organized under Rare Earth Hardwoods.
All 3D Hardwoods products are made from wood harvested under 3D Forestry Initiative (3DFI) Guidelines. The ethos of the 3DFI is that wood is harvested from Dying, Dead, or Down timber resources (both domestically and internationally) including salvage from commercial logging, reclaimed old growth and urban reclaim.
He found the right suppliers and founded Rare Earth Hardwoods. REH produces everything from decking to custom cabinetry from exotic species of hardwoods. Zero Impact Brazil is REH’s production facility, allowing the company to supply wood directly to customers.
Since founding REH, Paid has gone on to create other businesses connected to his work with lumber. Amazon Timber Frames has become the world’s premier supplier of handcrafted, Brazilian hardwood frames, and Big Wood Slabs offers domestic and exotic wood slabs crafted from dead, dying, or downed tree sources.
“I have always been interested in using resources that are overlooked and thought of as waste,” said Paid. “There has been enough waste left in the forests of Brazil to provide every house built in American with a beautiful hardwood floor or a special piece of furniture.”
As an artist, Paid also appreciates the history and story behind the dead, dying and down resources.
“The ‘perfect logs’ have no soul, you could say. What is left behind or has died of old age is by far the most interesting wood to work with,” he said.
After the economic crash in 2008, Paid had to make some adjustments to his business strategy in order to keep going. For a while he considered selling Zero Impact Brazil’s 2,000 acres of rain forest, but he wanted to preserve the property, protecting it from becoming just another soy farm in Brazil.
His dedication to that preservation inspired Big Tree Adventure Tours, an eco-tourism venture. The tours include hikes through the Brazilian jungle, riding down an ancient river in a traditional wood boat, kayaking, mountain biking, and more. His work to preserve the area has attracted news coverage from National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.
The inspiration for and connections between Paid’s businesses reflect his passion for his work and his commitment to the environment.
“My goal is to find a way to live lightly on the earth and still make art of the incredibly beautiful resources available,” he said.
“My businesses are designed to not exploit the environment or people that live where I operate. I seek to better everyone that is within my circle of influence.”
Rare Earth Hardwood’s northern Michigan showroom is located at 6778 East Traverse Highway, Traverse City. For more information, stop by the showroom or visit www.rare-earth-hardwoods.com.
Big Wood Slabs, Amazon Timber Frames and Big Tree Adventure Tours can also be found online at www.bigwoodslabs.com, www.amazontimberframes.com, and www.bigtreeadventuretours.com.
Karin Beery is a freelance writer, editor and coach. Contact her at Karin@karinbeery.com.
Read the article at Grand Traverse Insider
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Since 1982, Rare Earth Hardwoods has been supplying the world with the finest domestic and imported lumber and wood products.