To share with you nature's artistry as expressed through an invasive species called bittersweet, from which you can make the most wonderful rustic furniture. This vine kills native woody plants and trees. I have permits from local conservation groups to remove the vine, therefore I help preserve our native flora, while creating functional works of art. I also use unwanted wood that is being cut and is headed for the chipper. I rescue it and use it for my furniture.
The vines for this arbor were collected with permits fro local conservation lands. This is a unique and beautiful way to deliniate areas of your yard.
Bittersweet Garden Bench
This bench would be beautiful in any garden setting. It is made from invasive bittersweet and fitted with a bluestone seat. It is whimsical, charming and fun!
Bittersweet occasional table with stone top
Bittersweet lamp on a granite base
This lamp is constructed in the same fashion as my pin cherry lamps. Here you see the twisted nature of the bittersweet vines as they exists in nature. The shade on this lamp is made from crinkled oiled paper.
Bittersweet wreath, horse chestnut garland, vintage maple sap buckets with antique French labels
Wreaths for all seasons
These wreaths are made from bittersweet but do not use the bittersweet berries. The berries spread this invasive species and should not be collected. I have decorated this wreath with alder berries for the winter holidays. You can decorate these wreaths with dried lavender, apple blossoms or other items for the warmer seasons.
This oval mirror frame is made from small bittersweet vine.
Alder and Bittersweet Chair
These are more throne than chair, a seat where Gandalf might rest. I make chairs from alder, maple, bittersweet, wisteria, red osier dogwood and willow. I have found that careful attention to the internal dimensions of the chair (the height and span of the arms and the curvature of the back) results in a chair that welcomes and engulfs the sitter. The challenge of fitting many different pieces together in just the right way requires many labor intensive hours. These chairs work well inside or on a covered porch.
Pin cherry lamp
I use unusually shaped granite for the lamp base. To this granite I anchor the body of the lamp, which is two or three small pieces of pin cherry cut from saplings. Pin cherry bark is a deep burgundy and is accentuated by pale yellow striations. I make each lamp shade, often with a pale paper into which is embedded the body of leaves. I use small pin cherry branches to fashion the finial for each lamp. I chose a black shade for this lamp which lends an elegance to the piece. I finish each lamp with three coats of satin marine spar varnish, which gives a permanent luster to the bark.
A cute, ungainly reindeer. He just makes me smile.
Bittersweet and bluestone hall table.
This is a unique and functional piece for any hall.
Large bittersweet mirror
This bittersweet was stained dark walnut and is quite dramatic.
Rhododendron and stone table
This ancient rhododendron was dried for two years and then turned into this table. The top is a natural edge stone of a deep coffee color.
This is beautiful alone or in a cluster of three with graduated heights.
This bench is created from lake driftwood. The pieces were chosen for their color variation and interest. The seat is bluestone. This would be beautiful at a beach house.
This arbor was created to delineate a manicured garden from the wild beyond, a perfect gateway through which hobits or the like might travel. The owner decorates it with holiday lights, and it is a beautiful winter as well as summer focal point.
This mirror measures 38 in. wide and 30in tall. It is stained in dark walnut.
Aged terracotta pot wrapped in bittersweet and moss
Peeled maple music stand
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I am currently working on bittersweet animal sculptures.