Aaron Schiller Turns Nature’s Flaws into Beautiful Handcrafted Wood Tables
When creating furniture there’s a common idea that every piece needs to be perfectly manicured while a single flaw makes the wood completely undesirable. Aaron Schiller on the other hand sees there’s beauty in flaws. To show his point Schiller brought his wooden piece made from a tree burl or essentially a tumor, to the BKLYN Design show at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Unlike any table most people have in their homes, the WMC is completely perfectly flat on top but underneath it looks like an overgrown wooden wart. The underside of the table is covered with bulbous protrusions, which bubble forth in an out of control organic mass. Schiller says he created the table from a burl he chain sawed off the side of an already cut down tree in Virginia before he ground it down on one side, making it a clean, firm base.
“It took a lot of restoration, you have the bridges and elements,” Schiller said. “A piece like this, when it dries it just wants to explode into a thousand directions and so you have to do the process very slowly.”
Schiller says he likes the wild, organic nature of the piece as its something he just can’t get with regular cut wood. “It’s actually a unhealthy growth for the arbor but you get this amazing character of wood,” he said.
In another piece Schiller calls the KMC Table, he picked out a piece of wormy maple, which is actually infected with a fungus. While it might not sound appealing at first, this same fungus leaves black streaks in the wood as it burrows through. “You get all this figuring which is just endemic to the wood itself,” Schiller said.
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