story keeper palimpsest: house sketch

palimpsests: "... something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface..."

Kai started with a slab of reclaimed hickory. After it was shaped, we began the first few layers with our usual bird & brush process, but instead of a secret wish, we added an entire secret story about home. And then added a few more layers until it seemed ready for the shelf. 

A heavy slice of Shagbark Hickory from a tree milled into floor boards for a razed barn. The shelf is reclaimed cherry.

  • dimensions: 9" W x 17 1/2" H x 3" D (with the shelf)
  • a sawtooth hanger is fixed onto the back, ready to hang
  • natural grain on the back exposed to show the story of wood

          This piece was created by Kai in 2023

            repurposed & handcrafted...

            We have the deep joy of working with incredibly beautiful wood, sometimes from trees that are hundreds of years old... This means every piece that leaves our studio carries along its own history & is entirely unique.

            The wood species will vary according to what we can source from local small businesses that share our ethos.

            All our reclaimed wood products are made for you as soon as you place an order - which is why it may take us a day or two to get these out to you.

            We shape, sand & wax each piece here in our studio. Woodcuts are done freehand. Unless stated otherwise, painted pieces have our unique bird & brush process: 4-6 layers of paint, graphite & ink (including a secret hand written wish between layers).

            Our wood pieces come with a small card telling a bit about us & the piece, & are either wrapped in repurposed pages from old books or in an organic cotton bag.