Inspiration in wood design comes from a lot of places. Sometimes it’s nature, sometimes it’s architecture and sometimes it’s the wood itself. On Friday, the Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for our entire nation. And we were inspired.
I came home to the shop with an idea. (Sometimes the best ideas come when you’re on two wheels. This one did!) I wanted to make something to celebrate the decision and I wanted someone to have it, a gift from Shy Dog to our little part of the world. When I had a look at our lumber stock, the wood itself confirmed my idea. Bloodwood, Yellow Heart, Cherry… All the stock we’d need was already sitting on the shelf, asking to be used.
And so, we’ve created the “6/26” tray as our small homage to the good news. The outer portions of the tray are from beautiful, figured hard maple and the center stripes are crafted to match the Rainbow Flag in red (Bloodwood), orange (Cherry), yellow (Yellowheart), green (Poplar heartwood), and purple (Purpleheart.) Yes, I know I skipped blue, but finding naturally occurring blue wood is not exactly the easiest thing in the world…so we’ll just have to live with a tiny bit of artistic license.
The whole serving tray sits on sculpted legs of Sapele and has been hand rubbed with multiple coats of beautiful blonde shellac. I wish everyone could see the grain of this maple in person, it’s practically three dimensional.
So, what do we do with this? We’re giving it away! We want it to be a gift to everyone who supports Shy Dog and marriage equality. As such, all you need to do is the share our giveaway post on your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed and make sure you “Like” our page (Facebook.com/shydogdesigns) Once you’ve done that, your name is in the hat and you could win the serving board! Drawing planned for July 15.
Best of luck to all and may the odds be ever in your favor!