Judging by the amount of storage options currently on sale, a lot of people must choose to get organized as a New Year’s Resolution. Last week, we did one step better than buying several large plastic containers. We created custom bookshelves crafted from cherry live edge slabs and galvanized pipes.
If you follow us on Facebook or with this blog, you have seen similar cherry slabs before. Randy fell in love with these pieces a little over a year ago, and we have used them for several lighting fixtures ( The light is up). He bought a couple on a Friday, and for the rest of the day, he regretted not purchasing the entire stack. So bright and early the next morning, we ran out and bought every last one. The following pictures show why.
Not only are the curves of the live edge absolutely stunning, I love the tunnels made by insects. They add so much interest and character to any piece that we create with this wood. While we take steps to make certain that all of our wood is insect free, the evidence left by past tenants really makes our projects pop.
The use of the galvanized pipe not only adds an industrial look to the rustic nature of the wood, it also allows a good many books (and Pokemon) to be displayed neatly and safely. Although I may be biased, I also think the shelving is a vast improvement to what had been previously used (see below for the before and after). We are really hoping other clients will want to try this approach. Randy would love to make a three or four shelf unit, and I think storage like this would look phenomenal in a kitchen!