My goal with this area of David's studio is a contemporary, clean feel in mostly black and white warmed up with touches of wood tones. The thick birch bark with it's recognizable outer black and white layer is a perfect texture to add to this space.
The warmth of the grain beneath the bark and left exposed in this application emphasizes the wood desk already in place.
This simple craft started as the sides of an impressive birch plank. Before I handcrafted the desk. I carefully pried these from the plank edges and saved them.
Using a band saw I cut them into simple house forms. The cuts are easy and could have been completed with a hand saw as well.
I made a collection of different shapes and sizes.
I had previously purchased a small, black floating shelf at Target. It was for this location and my original plan was to put the black bottles with wood veneer that I made a couple of weeks ago here. But after installing the shelf I really likes a combination of the birch bark houses and the stark white winter photograph above.
Combine that with the birch desk and a small rock vase of black and white feathers and David's desk space is starting to look down right artsy!
The photograph is the one we purchased at the Paradise City Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend. It is by Jon Olsen and we had a hard time selecting just one photograph to purchase.
Quick, easy and elegant! My kind of craft.
Not a bad place to work!
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