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?
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.