She Salvaged Wood From An Unlikely Source To Create Incredible Tables


There’s a first time for everything, and artist Emilie Boismain of Made by Woodhandtook that to heart when she signed on for a massive commission from The Frye Company back in 2014. They asked her to create a series of round tabletops made from salvaged wood, and aside from that, their instructions were frighteningly vague.

Up until that point, she’d never taken on a commission of that magnitude. She’d never created circular designs before, and she never imagined that she’d tackle that task for the first time on such a daunting scale. For Boismain, the proverbial “first time for everything” grew more involved by the second.

Nevertheless, she stepped up to the plate and accepted their offer. The first thing she had to do was gather some wood. Easy enough, right?

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Well, when your scrapyard is New York City in its entirety, not necessarily. Fortunately for her, however, she had a stockpile of salvaged wood left over from another project that would work perfectly for the task at hand.

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After some brainstorming, Boismain decided to draw inspiration from the traditional quilt designs that she remembered from childhood. “I was raised in Birmingham, Alabama,” she writes. “I still have a nostalgic little corner of my heart reserved for the South and the things that make it unique.”

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The resulting collection is the stunning culmination of her hard work — a material reward left in the wake of artistic risk.

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Whether explicitly or implicitly influenced by quilt patterns, each piece stands alone as its own entity just as easily as it meshes with the rest of collection.

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The massive undertaking helped Emilie Boismain’s company, Made by Woodhand, collect its first paycheck.

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If you want to learn more about this artist’s work, be sure to check out Made by Woodhand’s website. For regular updates, follow the company on Instagram.

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