One end is supported by the wall and the other by the end we cut off the wood slab. Using the wall as a support provides excellent rigidity. And we love how the natural shape of the tree works well as the support.
We purchased a 2' birch wood slab roughly 22" wide and 9 feet long at our nearby Woodcrafter's Supply Store. In fact, David and I were in there shopping for a shop vac system and saw they had a supply of live-edge wood. It was knowing that I had a resource for such a beautiful resource that inspired this design.
Live-edge wood designs leave as much of the natural wood character as possible. We chose this slab because of the gorgeous wood grain and the imperfections - like this notch on one end.
We designed a very minimal desk to compliment this complex piece of wood. Although massive in weight, it floats in the space it bridges.
And, it's not just beautiful. It is functional as well! David does all his designing on the computer and is often working on two laptops at once. Here he has the space to do that, and have a cup of coffee as well.
The lower floor is his workshop complete with some of the new organization. (See all those labeled storage bins? That would be my doing :-)
And the upper level is the gallery space.
In order to get the CO (Certificate of Occupancy) back in 1992 when we built this house, the structure needed a kitchen, so there is a minimal kitchen in place. The floor plan is open and what would be the living/dining/kitchen area (if this where really a house) are all open to each other. We put the desk where the kitchen table would be. David had been working on one of those old folding tables out of press board that weighs half a ton. Ugly, to be sure. And visible, hence the desire for something unique
Now he has this space instead.....
I think he can continuing being inspired here!
Tomorrow I will post a tutorial on how we made this desk. In the meantime, check out David's work here.
Update: Tutorial on making this desk is now posted here.
And his blog for WoodThatWorks.com is here. That is my other job - maintaining his website and blog as well as this one.
© 2013 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy
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