handcrafted modern furniture & design from california's north coast
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white ash, Fraxinus americana, is the wood of choice for louisville slugger baseball bats, great for tool handles, lobster traps, flooring, and in the opinion of million&clark, an elegant furniture material. unfortunately, this beautiful american wood is disappearing due to an invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer. the damage of this insect rivals that of the chestnut blight or dutch elm disease and threatens to kill most ash trees throughout north america. tobyn clark mccormick built this bureau in spring 2014 for our home. made of ash with port orford cedar drawer bottoms, his t-shirts smell like the woodlands to start the day. the manner in which he played with wood grain is magic… we call it the psychedelic dream sequence.
you walk in the house with things in your pocket, mail in hand, and a jacket that needs to come off… the entry shelf! toss your keys in a carved dish, your wallet in a drawer, mail on the shelf and jean jacket hangs on the hook. this shelf is made from a striking piece of claro walnut. the grain wraps off the shelf and around the hanging dovetailed box , which meets the shelf again with through tenons. claro walnut grows from california to washington… a colorful wood million&clark is fond of working with.
danish cord is a three-ply kraft paper cord widely used in the production of danish modern furniture. it’s waxy texture gives a smooth, sleek, organic look and feel that we love. it works similarly to rush fiber... we weave the cord on an open frame around a series of L-shaped nails on the underneath of the seat, creating in this instance, a simple double strand criss-cross pattern. these particular stools were made from a piece of old bay laurel we found in petaluma. they were designed sit at ends of a bay laurel kitchen table with solid top benches running along the sides.
over the summer of 2013, million&clark had the fortune of building a river dory with ejler hjorth-westh, at his home in elk. ejler was our instructor at CR’s fine woodworking program. he learned to build the boats over 30 years ago in gualala, california and his initial boat has endured some 800+ beach landings, bringing home many tons of fish. made of marine grade plywood, oak, mahogany, madrone, fir and teak, this river dory is 20 feet long with a 56-inch beam and weighs 180 pounds. want one? let million&clark put you in contact!