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Napkin Holder – a Walla Walla Artisan Creation

December 4, 2010

When some people think about Walla Walla, they think about wine but you, a loyal blog reader, immediately think about Shady Lawn Antiques.  SL is your source for fine antiques and locally crafted pieces of “art”.  This is the first in a series of posts to highlight the artistic creations from recycled, reused and repurposed materials that are available at Shady Lawn.

I would like to introduce you to the Napkin Holders that I craft from historic barn wood.  My son, Nick, was looking for a Napkin Holder to use with the Harvest Table that I helped him create from the roof boards of a barn built in 1864.

Nick looked all over the San Francisco Bay area for an appropriate Napkin Holder to go with the table and couldn’t find one.  So I crafted one from the scrap ends of the wood that he had used to build his table.

Being Dave, I don’t tend to just build one of something, I build a series of them.  Below you will see two of the Napkin Holders that I built.  They were constructed from the same 1864 Aldrich barn wood that Nick used to build his table.  I love this old growth red fir for its history and for its character.  The saw marks from the water powered sawmill that was used to cut the wood are clearly visible on the Napkin Holder on the right.

Although this is a theme that recurs throughout my writing, it is clearly an honor to extend the life of this wood through the repurposing of it into (in this case) Napkin Holders.

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