I came across the stunningly beautiful work of woodworker Greg Klassen today. Greg produces all sorts of hand-crafted furniture in Lynden, Washington (which is about as as far north as you can go in the US, being just south of Vancouver). All his work is lovely, but the River Collection really captured my imagination. Greg takes hunks of hewn native Pacific Northwestern tree, splits it and creates furniture, mostly tables, with a permanent glass river of their own running through them.
It’s a wonderful, somewhat symbiotic, relationship with the trees coming from an area by a river near his workshop, that water no doubt supplying the tree’s own growth in years gone by.
I would love to own one of these pieces if I have the right place one day. Until then, I’ll just drool over the work on his site.
(All photos on this page are from Greg’s site.)